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


By Jayne MillerOct 26, 2017


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!)


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



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