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Communications Decency Act of 1995

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A bill to protect the public from the misuse of the telecommunications network and telecommunications devices and facilities.

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02/01/1995Introduced in Senate

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02/01/1995Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Action By: Senate
02/01/1995Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S1953-1954)
Action By: Senate

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Gorton, Slade [R-WA]* 02/01/1995

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Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation02/01/1995 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (02/01/1995)

Communications Decency Act of 1995 - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit the use of any telecommunications device (currently, only the telephone) by a person not disclosing his or her identity in order to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any person who receives such communication. Prohibits the repeated use of a telecommunications device solely for harassment purposes. Prohibits a person from allowing the use of any telecommunications facility (currently, telephone facility) in his or her control for such purposes. Increases: (1) the fine and maximum sentence for such violations; and (2) the fine for the transmission over a cable system of obscene or otherwise unprotected material.

(Sec. 4) Amends the Federal criminal code to: (1) increase the fine for broadcasting obscene, indecent, or profane language over the radio; and (2) include digital communications in a prohibition against the interception and disclosure of various forms of communications.

(Sec. 6) Prohibits a person making a toll-free telephone call from being assessed a charge for the call by being asked to connect or otherwise transfer to a pay-per-call service.

(Sec. 7) Requires a cable operator, in providing video programming unsuitable for children to any subscriber through a cable system, to fully scramble or otherwise block the video and audio portion of each channel carrying such programming to ensure that one not a subscriber to such programming does not receive it.

(Sec. 8) Allows a cable operator to refuse to transmit any portion of a public access program or leased access program which contains obscenity, indecency, or nudity.