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06/26/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

FCC Suddenly Relevant As It Approaches 74th Birthday

Tomorrow marks the 74th anniversary of the Communications Act of 1934, the legal framework for federal regulation of all manner of communications through the Federal Communications Commission.

After 74 years, most Americans have more yesterdays than tomorrows. Does the same hold for the FCC?

By many accounts, the FCC is just beginning to flex its muscles. During its first 60 years, the FCC was one of the more obscure federal agencies. In recent years, however, editorial pages -- some with praise, some with a tut-tut, and some with uncontrolled hysterics -- have commented frequently on FCC decisions, or lack thereof.

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