On Thursday, December 2, the House passed S. 2847, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act. The same bill passed in the Senate just before Congress adjourned for the November mid-term election. Under the CALM Act, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must, within one year, adopt a rule requiring television stations, cable operators and other multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to comply with the Advanced Television Systems Committee's audio loudness standard A/85 when they air commercial advertisements. Any station or MVPDs that installs, utilizes and maintains (in a commercially reasonable manner) the equipment and associated software necessary for complying with the A/85 standard will be in compliance. The rule, which will take effect one year after adoption, will provide for waivers based on financial hardship (which may last up to two years) or for other good cause. The bill now will be presented to President Obama for his signature, which is expected. We will keep our clients apprised as the FCC takes action to implement the CALM Act.