The federal government has exploited a vast web of laws and regulations to undermine the nation’s culture
The social power vested in these growing industries posed an obvious challenge to the federal government, which stepped in to break up such cultural redoubts, starting with the first big threat to politicians’ power: radio. In the 1920s, the earliest years of the new medium, the federal government claimed the authority to grant licenses to broadcast on radio and to assign the frequencies and power levels of individual stations. The Federal Radio Commission (FRC), predecessor to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), immediately began eliminating radio stations, with the first denials of licenses being based explicitly on their programming content.
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