Markey to FCC: OK code

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has written the FCC, urging the commission to approve the beefed-up rating system that the industry has promised to implement Oct. 1.

“This amended ratings system will provide parents content icons that convey information about violence, sex and language. Moreover, it will allow parents to block on the basis of these separate content categories or, alternatively, to block on the basis of age,” Markey wrote. The letter was also signed by fellow representatives John Spratt (D-S.C.), John Moran (D-Va.,) and Dan Burton (R-Ind.).

The Federal Communications Commission is expected to approve the networks’ new rating system for use in the United States. Once the FCC blesses the content code, the television programming industry will work with the TV-set manufacturing industry to create a V-chip that will allow parents to block shows based on their ratings.

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