The Rationale of Broadcast Regulation
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I think this is probably the only industry of the United States that is unanimously in favor of having itself regulated. 1
When Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover made this statement at the ird National Radio Conference in 1924, he was describing a chaotic industry. e number of radio stations on the air continued to increase, though few frequencies had been allocated for broadcast use. Hoover had designated 833 kHz for broadcast use in 1921 and added 750 kHz in 1922. By 1923, the band was expanded to include frequencies from 550 kHz to 1350 kHz. Every channel was fi lled and there was considerable interference among stations.