Could Have Had Cellphones in the 1950s

We Could Have Had Cell Phones 40 Years Earlier

This technology was intentionally prevented from getting off the ground for decades.

The basic idea of the cellphone was introduced to the public in 1945 – not in Popular Mechanics or Science, but in the down-home Saturday Evening Post. Millions of citizens would soon be using “handie-talkies,” declared J.K. Jett, the head of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Licenses would have to be issued, but that process “won’t be difficult.” The revolutionary technology, Jett promised in the story, would be formulated within months.

But permission to deploy it would not. The government would not allocate spectrum to realize the engineers’ vision of “cellular radio” until 1982, and licenses authorizing the service would not be fully distributed for another seven years. That’s one heck of a bureaucratic delay.…

h/t rhennigantx on A♠


From Mindful Webworks “Getting From Here to There” series on transportation:

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