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Public Law No: 110-452 (12/02/2008)

 
[110th Congress Public Law 452]
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Public Law 110-452
110th Congress

                                 An Act


 
           To develop the next generation of parental control 
             technology. <<NOTE: Dec. 2, 2008 -  [S. 602]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Child Safe 
Viewing Act of 2007.>> 

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Child Safe Viewing Act of 2007''.

SEC. 2. EXAMINATION OF ADVANCED BLOCKING TECHNOLOGIES AND EXISTING 
            PARENTAL EMPOWERMENT TOOLS.

    (a) <<NOTE: Deadline. Notice.>> Inquiry Required.--Not later than 90 
days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Federal Communications 
Commission shall initiate a notice of inquiry to consider measures to 
examine--
            (1) the existence and availability of advanced blocking 
        technologies that are compatible with various communications 
        devices or platforms;
            (2) methods of encouraging the development, deployment, and 
        use of such technology by parents that do not affect the 
        packaging or pricing of a content provider's offering; and
            (3) the existence, availability, and use of parental 
        empowerment tools and initiatives already in the market.

    (b) Content of Proceeding.--In conducting the inquiry required under 
subsection (a), the Commission shall consider advanced blocking 
technologies that--
            (1) may be appropriate across a wide variety of distribution 
        platforms, including wired, wireless, and Internet platforms;
            (2) may be appropriate across a wide variety of devices 
        capable of transmitting or receiving video or audio programming, 
        including television sets, DVD players, VCRs, cable set top 
        boxes, satellite receivers, and wireless devices;
            (3) can filter language based upon information in closed 
        captioning;
            (4) operate independently of ratings pre-assigned by the 
        creator of such video or audio programming; and
            (5) may be effective in enhancing the ability of a parent to 
        protect his or her child from indecent or objectionable 
        programming, as determined by such parent.

    (c) Reporting.--Not later than 270 days after the enactment of this 
Act, the Commission shall issue a report to Congress detailing any 
findings resulting from the inquiry required under subsection (a).
    (d) Definition.--In this section, the term ``advanced blocking 
technologies'' means technologies that can improve or enhance the 
ability of a parent to protect his or her child from any indecent or 
objectionable video or audio programming, as determined by

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such parent, that is transmitted through the use of wire, wireless, or 
radio communication.

    Approved December 2, 2008.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 602:
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SENATE REPORTS: No. 110-268 (Comm. on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation).
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 154 (2008):
            Oct. 1, considered and passed Senate.
            Oct. 3, considered and passed House, amended.
            Nov. 17, Senate concurred in House amendment.

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