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This almost makes us nostalgic for the days of Nipplegate.

After fielding numerous complaints from viewers and the conservative watchdog group Parents Television Council, Federal Communications Commission is considering an investigation into how 30 seconds of porn from an adult video channel ended up being transmitted to homes in Tuscon, Ariz., during the Super Bowl.

David Fiske, a spokesman for the agency, tells E! News that the FCC "is looking into" the incident, but has yet to decide whether to launch a full-on probe.

Comcast (the parent company of E! Entertainment) issued a mea culpa to those who were subjected to the inadvertent images from the porn network Club Jenna.

In a statement, the cable giant blamed the intrusion on a fiberoptics line operated by Cox Cable and that it was launching its own probe into what it called "an isolated malicious act." Comcast also promised a $10 credit to affected subscribes.

No word yet on a culprit.

As for the Parents Television Council, the group's director of public policy, Dan Isett, says that because the porn was aired by a cable provider, the FCC may not really be able to do anything about it. However, there are alternatives.

"This is a case of someone deliberately putting obscenity on a cable network, and because it aired over a cable station, the FCC doesn't have jurisdiction," said Isett. "They can only fine broadcasters for material like that.

"However, there are some that think this may be cause for an obscenity prosecution which is different from broadcast indecency which would require bringing in the Justice Department." 

Indeed, the office of Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kans.) has issued a statement calling for a government probe.

Meanwhile, with all the attention on the porn, there haven't been any complaints lodged about GoDaddy.com's racy Danica Patrick spots or Bruce Springsteen's candid-camera halftime performance.

When asked, Isett said the Boss' crotch slide was "not on our radar."