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House Subcommittee Approves CALM Act

Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet favorably reported H.R. 1084, the CALM Act, to the full committee on a voice vote.  The bill includes a substitute amendment introduced by the original sponsor, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) that would require the FCC to conduct a rulemaking adopting the standards developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee dealing with this issue.  The substitute also allows one year after adoption for operators to come into compliance, and gives the FCC the option of granting two successive one year waivers in the event of "severe financial hardship." 

However, Rep. Eshoo did note that smaller cable operators have stated that the standards would impose a hardship on them, and this issue may have to be dealt with when the full committee takes up the bill. 

A copy of the bill as reported to the full committee is available here

Legislative and Regulatory Issues Tracking

ANA's Washington, DC office works to protect the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers.   The scope of legislation, regulations, and court cases impacting the marketing community continues to be extremely broad, extending to issues as diverse as online privacy, prescription drug advertising, restrictions on the tax deductibility of advertising costs and the regulatory powers of the Federal Trade Commission.

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Compendium of Legislative, Regulatory and Legal Issues

ANA's Washington, DC office plays a leading role in protecting the ability of all marketers to communicate effectively with consumers. At the end of each year, we prepare a Compendium which describes our efforts on the broad range of issues we have faced. 

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Alliance for Family Entertainment

The ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment (AFE) is a coalition of national advertisers, supported by the ANA, which represents almost 40% of all U.S. television advertising dollars..

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ANA and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) conduct broadcast talent negotiations with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) through the Joint Policy Committee, or JPC.

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