RADIO BROADCASTING UNDER THE RADIO ACT OF 1927-STATUS OF OPERATORS LICENSES UNDER THE ACT OF 1912
When Congress, in 1912, passed an Act to Regulate Radio Communication the word "communication" was used instead of "telegraphy'' so that the art of radio telephony-"an unfulfilled promise [of science] of some years standing"-might be included in the scope of the act should the promise ever be fulfilled. Congress then forgot the subject, complacent in the thought that should any such miracle ever take place, the scientists would find that the law was for once on an even footing, if not in advance of them. The act provided that every station must be licensed by the Secretary of Commerce, who would classify it according to its purpose, i.e. ship, government, or amateur, and assign it to the band of frequencies allotted to that class of station. After that the station could operate pretty much as it pleased.
RADIO BROADCASTING UNDER THE RADIO ACT OF 1927-STATUS OF OPERATORS LICENSES UNDER THE ACT OF 1912,
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