Obama signs a law to quiet TV commercials

Advertisers are now prevented by law from jacking up the volume of their TV spots. We wrote about the legislation before, but President Obama officially signed it into law on Wednesday, requiring the FCC to do something resembling its actual job and set a standard for ad decibel levels (relative to that of regular programming) within one year. They've been fielding complaints about this since the 1960s, keep in mind, but the wheels of progress are often slow-turning.