Table 3.1. Regulatory Highlights
Landmark Acts and Court RulingsSummary of Acts and Rulings
The Federal Communications Act of 1934Congress created the Federal Communications Commission and gave it the authority to regulate interstate telephone, radio and telegraph companies.
The 1956 Consent DecreeThe Justice Department allowed AT&T to keep its monopoly but restricted it to common carrier functions. The Consent Decree mandated that any patents developed by Bell Labs, then AT&T, be licensed to all applicants requesting them. This led to microwave technology's availability to MCI and the ability of competitive carriers to build long distance networks.
The 1969 MCI CaseThe Federal Communications Commission ruled that MCI, then known as Microwave ...

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