The Federal Radio Commission set out to reduce the total number of stations and to rearrange dial positions. In the course of an enormous shuffle, almost all stations operated by educational institutions received part-time assignments, in most cases confined to daytime hours—which many considered useless for adult education. The time-selling station would constantly petition the commission for an extension of its operating hours, so as to improve its service "in the public interest." This would cause the commission to schedule a hearing on the proposed redistribution of hours, with the result that the college-owned station had to send a lawyer to Washington to fight for survival. This sometimes produced a new juggling of channels. The costs of constant Washington legal representation were murderous to most educational broadcasters. The college finally concluded that "a significant state educational project" was not possible under these circumstances, and made plans to withdraw.