"There is practically no chance communications space satellites will be used to provide better telephone, telegraph, television, or radio service inside the United States." --T. Craven, FCC Commissioner (said in 1961)
Among the companies that would later disagree: DirecTV, DISH Network, Sirius Satellite Radio, and XM Satellite Radio. The FCC is the federal regulatory honcho for radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable communications, though its Web site does say its "jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions." Technically, space wasn't part of Craven's charter.