"FCC" to Bring Order to the Airwaves

June 19. Yet another commission took its place today on the New Deal platform. The 7-member Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is charged with overseeing all forms of wired and wireless communications, regulating rates, and bringing services to rural areas.

In a recent message to Congress, President Roosevelt pressed for a new commission to replace the ineffective Federal Radio Commission established by the 1927 Radio Act. Congress responded quickly by passing the 1934 Communications Act which created the FCC.

Source: Otis L. Graham, Jr. and Meghan Robinson Wander, Franklin D. Roosevelt: His Life and Times, New York, NY: Da Capo Press, Inc., 1985.