Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Technology History: The FCC

The United States Federal Communications Commission was created by an act of Congress on June 19, 1934. A month later, seven commissioners and 233 federal employees began the task of merging rules and procedures from the Federal Radio Commission, the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Postmaster General into one agency. Today, the agency employs approximately 1,900 people and has extensive oversight responsibilities in new communications technologies such as satellite, microwave, and private radio communications.