FCC broods over illicit wireless content to kids

MUMBAI: Over the past several months in the US the use of wireless technology has grown. This has enabled consumers to access an increasing amount and variety of information through their mobile connections.

With the benefits of this also comes the danger that children might access content that is not suitable for them. An issue that US media watchdog the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking to address.

In this regard FCC chief, wireless telecom John Muleta wrote a letter to CTIA - The Wireless Association president Steve Largent. In the letter Muleta pointed out that mobile devices have become more ubiquitous, they are increasingly used for work, entertainment, and perhaps most importantly, personal safety. As a result of the development of new mobile data technologies and applications, as well as the growing use of wireless devices by children, the issue of access to adult content by minors on mobile devices has come to the forefront.

He has put forth the following recommendations:

- Help educate parents about their options with regard to content access by minors. Let parents know that they can block access to pay-per-call voice services and access to the mobile Internet through their childrens handsets.

- The CTIA should inform parents of the types of content that children will have access to through download services. Ensure that parents are aware of the different types of services to which their children will have access.

- The CTIA ought to consider whether the availability of adult content via mobile devices warrants changes to CTIAs carrier code of conduct to promote industry self-regulation.Muleta maintains that this social goal could be achieved without government intervention and without interference to the provision of content to adults.

- Muleta finally says,"I encourage you to examine the efforts that are being made by both government and industry in other countries to address the issue of access to adult content by minors.

For example, the UK, Australia, and Israel have each recently confronted this subject with differing results in each case. This issue is not confined to our borders and we should be mindful that other parts of the international telecommunications industry are facing similar circumstances.

By encouraging independent initiatives by your members and giving parents access to the tools needed to protect their children from inappropriate content you can encourage the continued growth of wireless services as an integral part of every Americans daily life."


Latest Reads
Discovery chronicles the harrowing story and extraordinary rescue of the thai soccer team that is captivating the world in Operation thai cave rescue

From the moment the heartbreaking news broke that 12 young Thai soccer players and their 25-year-old coach were stuck in a cave complex near the Myanmar border

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Zee Cinema to air the animated movie Smurfs - The Lost Village on Saturday, 21st July at 12pm

If you’ve watched The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, you’re probably aware of the tiny blue creatures with white clothes and droopy hats living out their lives in blissful coexistence.

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
TLC to premiere Curvy Bride Boutique for plus size brides

TLC, India’s go to lifestyle channel, is all set to premiere the most popular and talked about UK based show Curvy Bride Boutique from 16th July at 10 PM.

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
India’s leading New Age News Brand set to take Television by storm

New-age digital brand is about to take the television screens by storm.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
FIFA legal action against BeoutQ for WC piracy

MUMBAI: FIFA will be taking legal action against Saudi Arabia-based BeoutQ, a pirated TV service operating in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), which continues its illegal piracy of 2018 FIFA World Cup broadcasts, according to an official statement, carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA)....

Television TV Channels Sports
Viacom18 launches Colors Tamil HD in Singapore on Star Hub

After entering the Tamil GEC market, Viacom18, one of India’s largest entertainment conglomerates, has launched Colors Tamil HD on Star Hub, (channel no. 132) in Singapore.

Television TV Channels GECs
Zee Café, BBC Worldwide launch second season of premium British dramas

Zee Cafe has partnered with BBC Worldwide to once again entertain Indian audiences with premium British dramas.

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
Zee Tamil’s Sembaruthi completes 200 episodes!

Leading Tamil General Entertainment Channel (GEC) – Zee Tamil has been at the forefront of quality content across genres that caters to the diverse entertainment needs of Tamil audiences across the world.

Television TV Channels Regional
Zee Telugu Announces World Television Premiere of Sai Pallavi and Naga Shaurya Starrer Kanam

Weekend plans just got better with Zee Telugu’s horror World Television Premiere, Kanam, to your home screens on Sunday! From the Abhinetri-famed director A L Vijay, Kanam is a supernatural tale which blends elements of revenge and horror to give the audiences a spine-chilling experience. The film...

Television TV Channels Regional

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories