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The Communications Act of 1934 and its amendments is the foundation upon which contemporary U.S. telecommunication policy is built. The 1934 act borrowed heavily from the Radio Act of 1927, a temporary measure when it was passed, intended to stabilize the burgeoning but chaotic radio industry of the mid-1920s. The 1927 act was written into the 1934 act, adding communications via common carrier and television.

The Radio Act of 1927

By the early 1920s radio was a worldwide craze. Public demand for receivers was high with technology available to nearly everyone to make their own home-made receiver. New radio stations were signing on at a rapidly accelerating rate simply because they could; the Radio Act of 1912 declared the secretary of commerce to be the regulatory authority ...

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