July 20, 1940
The Federal Communications Commission has issued a ruling on so-called static-less frequency modulation broadcasting, which is designated by the Federal Security Administrator, Paul V. McNutt, as a development which may “provide the greatest stimulus to education our nation has yet experienced.” According to a newspaper release1 dated May 27, by the Federal Security Agency, the ruling of the Federal Communications Commission gives educational agencies the right to exclusive use of radio bands of ultra-high frequency which were opened up by the commission for the first time in 1938 to commercial broadcasting. More than 300 educational institutions, supported by the National Committee on Education by Radio, favored the proposal that these high frequency bands be assigned exclusively for educational broadcasts. The United States Commissioner of Education, John W. Studebaker, representing state departments of education and 300 educational organizations at the hearing, estimated that the decision would permit as many as 3,000 local broadcasting stations to be erected.
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