The Value of TV, According to The American Television Society in 1944

So, you think public relations people are more aggressive now than they used to be in fighting for regulation that benefits them? You might want to rethink that. Check out what Norman Waters of the American Television Society said back in 1944 during FCC hearings on how to allocate spectrum for the nascent technology of TV:

It is my belief that it would be just as criminal to hold back television as it would be for a scientist to keep from the public a known cure for one of mankind's great ills, once he had discovered it. The analogy is fair, for Television will bring about the enlightenment of mankind, and may well hold within its grasp the solution of a lasting peace in the world.

That's some big talk. 

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