Loud TV commercials' days could be numbered

House lawmakers want the FCC to help bring down the volume of noisy TV commercials.

The House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet on Thursday approved a bill that would prohibit television commercials from rising above a certain decibel level.

The FCC would be required to come up with recommended volume standards for commercials. Broadcasters, TV stations and cable and satellite providers would then have one year to purchase the necessary equipment to temper noisy ads.

Read more about this and three other tech-related bills the subcommittee passed in tomorrow's paper.