The report could be released as soon as Thursday. The report leaves it up to Congress to define "excessively violent" content.
Media associations and some civil-rights groups have questioned the possibility of restricting violent content, suggesting that defining "excessive violence" is difficult, if not impossible. They maintain that any attempt to curb content could raise significant freedom-of-speech questions, by eliminating media choices of adults.
The FCC's current indecency standards are already facing two court challenges.
Last night Dennis Wharton, an official of the National Association of Broadcasters, said that "broadcast television is far more tame than cable and satellite" and noted that broadcasters are part of a broad coalition that has been providing $300 million worth of public-service messages that explains how v-chip technology allows parents to cut off programming they regard as too violent for their kids.