The telegraph, invented in 1837, provided the first technology for rapid communications and gave businesses the ability virtually instantaneously to contact their own branches, other companies, or consumers.
From its inception, The Wall Street Journal has provided reliable information for investors. It has become the quintessential source for specific facts as well as detailed studies of companies and industries.
As the Internet has expanded, it has fostered an explosive and self-generating wealth of textual, audio, visual, and multimedia resources that have made possible an exceptional rise in U.S. labor productivity.
Because the Federal Communications Commission has the power to allocate frequency bands and to grant (or deny) licenses to radio and television stations, it has had a profound effect on these and other communications businesses, which commission officials are legally required to monitor so that they serve the public interest.