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A TBT to the First-Ever Federal Communications Commission Annual Report

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By Jayne MillerOct 26, 2017

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Happy Throwback Thursday.

Today we're looking back to 1936 when the first annual report of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was released. (And it had everything: broadcasting! Cable television! Wireless telecommunications! Spectrum management!)

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Diagram of telephones in service from the First Annual Report of the Federal Communications Commission.

And another bit of telecom trivia: this text was the FCC’s first annual report after the Interstate Commerce Commission ceded regulation of wire communication.

Topics covered include:

  • Stats for amateur, broadcast, and commercial radio
  • Overview of telephone and telegraph markets
  • Developments in international radio and telephone communications

Read the First Annual Report of the Federal Communications Commission from FCC.gov.

 

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