International Organizations in Which the United States Participates

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INTERNATIONAL RADIO CONSULTING COMMITTEE

As the control of radio communication is dependent on many technical considerations, the Radiotelegraph convention signed at the International Radio Conference of Washington of 1927 created the International Technical Consulting Committee on Radio Communication to study "technical and allied questions which relate to international radio communication, and which shall have been submitted to it by the participating administrations or private enterprises." This Committee was continued under the General Radio Regulations which were annexed to the International Telecommunication Convention of 1932, its name being changed to International Radio Consulting Committee.

This Committee is composed of experts of the adherent administrations and authorized private operating companies. It is what might be considered a committee of the whole of the Telecommunication Conference, organized for the purpose of discussing the technical aspects of international radio control and making recommendations, but without power to bind any of the signatory states. Representation on the Committee has not been confined to governments signatory or adherent to the convention, as several states which are not parties to the convention have been represented at the meetings.

The convention of 1927 provided that "in principle" the meetings of the Committee shall take place every two years; the convention of 1932 changed this to five years, with a provision for more frequent meetings. The first meeting was held at The Hague in 1929 and the second at Copenhagen in 1931. In addition to govern

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