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Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 02/04/2013

Super Bowl profanity draws ire of parents group #thecircuit

Parents Television Council calls on FCC for action: The Parents Television Council is asking the Federal Communication Commission to take action against CBS for airing an unedited comment that contained profanity during the Super Bowl when Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco celebrated his team’s victory.

PTC president Tim Winter said that CBS should have been more prepared to avoid broadcasting expletives.

“No one should be surprised that a jubilant quarterback might use profane language while celebrating a career-defining win, but that is precisely the reason why CBS should have taken precautions,” Winter said.

Last year, the Supreme Court declined to hear an FCC appeal to reinstate an enforcement order and fine against CBS for the Super Bowl halftime “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004. It also ruled against a separate expletive case against Fox and ABC, but did not rule on the question of how much jurisdiction the FCC has in indecency cases.

Super WiFi: An FCC proposal to introduce broad WiFI networks across the country is being endorsed by tech giants such as Google and Microsoft and panned by telecom firms.

As The Washington Post reported, the proposed wireless networks would be able to penetrate thick walls and have a further reach. And while these networks could be jammed in major cities, they also could, potentially, threaten wireless carriers if consumers turn to WiFi networks for basic calling.

Va. panel endorses tougher texting while driving law: A Virginia Senate panel has endorsed a bill that would increase the penalties for texting while driving, the Associated Press reported.

The bill would make texting behind-the-wheel a primary offense, meaning that police officers could pull over drivers simply for texting, as opposed to current law which says drivers can only be ticketed for texting if they’re stopped in the course of another violation, like speeding. Under the proposed change, a first offense would prompt a $250 fine; a second offense, $500.

A similar bill, the report said, was approved by a House committee.

Privacy groups ask to meet on European privacy rules: Privacy advocacy groups have asked the Obama administration to stop its opposition to privacy proposals from the European Union and lend its support to the initiatives.

Groups, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Center for Digital Democracy and the American Civil Liberties Union, asked top officials in the Obama administration to meet with them and discuss the current privacy landscape in the face of changing technology.

“[The] US should not stand in the way of Europe’s efforts to strengthen and modernize its legal framework,” the letter read.

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