The FCC on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to review lower-court decisions that have challenged the agency’s power to fine broadcasters for airing indecent speech and images. The Justice Department filed the request. Earlier this year, a federal appeals court overturned a $1.2 million fine against ABC affiliates for showing an episode of NYPD Blue that featured a quick shot of a woman’s bare buttocks. A previous 2nd Circuit ruling called the FCC’s rules on indecency “unconstitutionally vague.” The Parents Television Council praised the FCC appeal. “Without an appeal before the April 21 deadline, the FCC stood to lose all Congressionally mandated authority over indecent broadcast TV content,” PTC president Tim Winter said.
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