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A BILL TO PROVIDE FOR THE REGULATION OF INTER-
STATE AND FOREIGN COMMUNICATIONS BY WIRE

OR RADIO, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

MARCH 9, 10, 13, 14, AND 15, 1934

Printed for the use of the Committee on Interstate Commerce

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COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE COMMERCE

CLARENCE C. DILL, Washington, Chairman

ELLISON D. SMITH, South Carolina JAMES COUZENS, Michigan
BURTON K. WHEELER, Montana

SIMEON D. FESS, Ohio
ROBERT F. WAGNER, New York

JESSE H. METCALF, Rhode Island ALBEN W. BARKLEY, Kentucky

HAMILTON F. KEAN, New Jersey M. M. NEELY, West Virginia

DANIEL O. HASTINGS, Delaware WILLIAM H. DIETERICH, Illinois

H. D. HATFIELD, West Virginia AUGUSTINE LONERGAN, Connecticut WALLACE H. WHITE, JR., Maine HUEY P. LONG, Louisiana

ARTHUR CAPPER, Kansas
FRED H. BROWN, New Hampshire
WILLIAM H. THOMPSON, Nebraska
CARL A. HATCH, New Mexico

RALPH A. NOBRENBERG, Olerk

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 1934

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON INTERSTATE COMMERCE,

Washington, D.C. The committee met, pursuant to call, at 10:30 a.m.,, in room 414, Senate Office Building, Senator Clarence C. Dill (chairman) presiding.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will come to order. A number of the Senators will be a little late, but they have sent word that they could be counted as a quorum.

This meeting has been called to hold hearings on Senate bill 2910, a bill to provide for the regulation of interstate and foreign communications by wire or radio, and for other purposes. It is a bill that has been prepared to carry out the desires of the President, primarily, in his message to Congress, to combine the regulatory powers now exercised in the Interstate Commerce Commission and Radio Commission over communications. I will have the bill printed in the hearings at this point.

(The bill referred to follows:)

[S. 2910, 73d Cong., 2d sess.)

A BILL To provide for the regulation of interstate and foreign communications by wire

or radio, and for other purposes

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

TITLE I-GENERAL PROVISIONS

PURPOSES OF ACT; CREATION OF FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

SECTION 1. For the purpose of regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States a rapid, efficient, nation-wide, and worldwide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges, and for the purpose of securing a more effective execution of this policy by centralizing authority heretofore granted by law to several agencies and by granting additional authority with respect to interstate and foreign commerce in wire and radio communication, there is hereby created a commission to be known as the “ Federal Communications Commission ", which shall be constituted as hereinafter provided.

APPLICATION OF ACT

SEC. 2. The provisions of this act shall apply to all interstate and foreign communication by wire or radio and all interstate and foreign transmission of energy by radio, which originates and/or is received within the United States, and to all persons engaged within the United States in such communication or

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