According to a source in the FCC that wanted to remain anonymous the federal agency has decided to ban live television. This is in part to the vulgar that Jane Fonda used on NBC's Today show.
The Unusual fast move was done without soliciting public comment as is normal for this type of situation.
The ban on live telivision will not take place until February 2009. The reason is because the FCC has to set up local, regional and a national board to review television content. If the local board can't come to a unamanous decision the regional board will take a look at the show in question.
If the regional board can't come to a unanimous decision the national board will look at the program and make the final determination. Shows with questionable content must not be allowed to be on the air, one of the FCC commissioners said.
The commission said the practice of allowing local people is in step with the long standing community standards defined by the United States Supreme Court. The board's funds will come from fines established by the boards themselves. This will allow fairness for all consumers. We must protect our children. This is our only chance. Our children are at stake.