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The Communications Act of 1934 was the second United States law attempting to regulate all media and personal communications systems, services and technology. It replaced the Federal Radio Commission with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). It also transferred regulation of interstate telephone services from the Interstate Commerce Commission to the FCC.

Brief history of the Act[]

The Act largely combined and reorganized existing provisions of law, including provisions of the Federal Radio Act of 1927 relating to radio licensing, and of the Mann-Elkins Act of 1910 relating to telephone service. The 1934 Communications Act remained in place but was amended by the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

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