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Federal involvement in communications came early with the development of a national postal system. Yet that involvement was intertwined with and influenced by international developments from the start. This chapter surveys the federal government’s long involvement in communication policy including telegraphy, radio, and the internet. While surveying this involvement, this chapter discusses such issues as antitrust regulation; federal development of communications systems; free speech and restrictive policies; overlapping federal agencies involved in communications; various attempts by the federal government to promote technological development; and the relationship of federal-private technological development.

Keywords: post, telegraphy, radio, television, internet, First Amendment, FCC, Fairness Doctrine

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