The Federal Communications Commission

  title={The Federal Communications Commission},
  author={R. Coase},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  pages={1 - 40}
  • R. Coase
  • Published 1959
  • The Journal of Law and Economics
IN THE United States no one may operate a broadcasting station unless he first obtains a license from the Federal Communications Commission. These licenses are not issued automatically but are granted or withheld at the discretion of the Commission, which is thus in a position to choose those who shall operate radio and television stations. How did the Commission come to acquire this power? About the turn of the century, radio began to be used commercially, mainly for ship-to-shore and ship-to… Expand


The International Law of Radio
  • Fed. Com. B.J
  • 1955
The International Telecommunication Union (1952), and an article by the same author, The International Law of Radio, 14 Fed
  • Com. B.J
  • 1955
The Present Status of the Ownership of Airspace, 5 Air L
  • Law of Torts
  • 1934
Articles dealing with this question are: Rowley, Problems in the Law of Radio Communication, 1 U. of Cinc
  • L. Rev
  • 1927
it was held that the operator of an existing station had a sufficient property right, acquired by priority
  • Cong. Rec
  • 1926
Mr. Rogers was adviser to the American Delegation to the Peace Conference in Paris, 1919. Compare Childs, Problems in the Radio Industry
  • Am. Econ. Rev
  • 1924
To Regulate Radio Communication, before the House Committee on the Merchant Marine and Fisheries, 68th Cong
  • 1924
Although attempts were made to assert property rights in frequencies after the establishment of the Federal Radio Commission, such claims were not sustained. See Warner, op. cit. supra note 1