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CALM Goes Into Effect

Updated: Dec 13, 2012 09:15 PM

The days of loud television commercials are over. A new FCC rule has gone into effect requiring commercials to have a similar volume to TV shows.

The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act or "CALM" protects people from excessively loud commercials. The new FCC rule applies to broadcasters, as well as cable and satellite operators. Commercial can no longer be louder than 2 decibels of a TV show's volume. TV watchers are happy that tuning in to their favorite shows won't make them tune out commercials.

"I think it'll be nice that everything will be the same volume now and we won't have to worry about that interruption," says Christine Toft.

"Outstanding," says David Reed, "It's about time they started doing that."

If you suspect a commercials volume might be too high, you can file a complaint with the FCC.