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Our mission is to ADVANCE innovation in communications technologies, INFORM spectrum and communications policy for the benefit of all stakeholders, and INVESTIGATE our Nation’s most pressing telecommunications challenges through research that employees are proud to deliver. Learn more about ITS on our YouTube Channel or read about our research programs in the Technical Progress Report.


October 1, 2021

Video streaming is a highly competitive market that dominates internet traffic. Video consumes 65% of worldwide mobile downstream traffic....

September 16, 2021

The Video Quality Research Program has launched an interactive web demo of ITS-developed software that estimates the quality of...

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This Month in ITS History

August 1912: Federal Regulation of U.S. Airwaves Begins

On August 13,1912, Congress passed the Radio Act of 1912 (Public Law 264), the first federal regulation on all radio transmissions in the United States. Prompted by the Titanic disaster earlier in the year this bill mandated trained radio users to monitor distress signals for any passenger ship in American waters. The Radio Act also required all broadcasters to receive a license. The provision was intended to reduce interference on emergency stations but it shaped broadcast radio, which was still in its infancy. The act gave the power of licensing and enforcement to the Department of Commerce and Labor (the Department of Labor was spun off in 1913). Commerce and Labor could impose fines of u ...

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