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Wireless History Timeline - 1960s


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opens Docket 18262 to set aside sufficient spectrum to meet the demand for land mobile communications.  Congestion on the frequencies then available was approaching unacceptable levels, with a waiting period of several years in some markets to get a mobile phone.  


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – US (DARPA) selects BBN to develop the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), precursor of the modern Internet


INTELSAT launches the Early Bird geostationary satellite.


AT&T’s Improved Mobile Telephone Service (IMTS) eliminates the need for push-to-talk operation and offers automatic dialing 


The International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (INTELSAT) is established. 


The first communication satellite, Telstar, is launched into orbit.