High Court to Rule on FCC Indecency Policy

June 27, 2011 - 10:15 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will take up the First Amendment fight over what broadcasters can put on the airwaves when young children may be watching television.

The justices said Monday they will review appeals court rulings that threw out the Federal Communications Commission's rules against the isolated use of expletives as well as fines against broadcasters who showed a woman's nude buttocks on a 2003 episode of ABC's "NYPD Blue."

The Obama administration objected that the appeals court stripped the FCC of its ability to police the airwaves.

The U.S. television networks argue that the policy is outdated, applying only to broadcast television and leaving unregulated the same content if transmitted on cable TV or over the Internet.