When AT&T wanted to start developing cellular in 1947, the FCC rejected the idea, believing that this would be a niche service for a very small user base.
Cell phone technology was far down on the FCC’s list of priorities. In 1949, TV was allocated more bandwidth than it ever used, blocking mobile wireless for more than a generation.
AT&T labs and its scientists were passionate about cell phone technology, but they believed mobile services would not add much to corporate sales.
From 1970 until 1982, cellular technology was halted by legal chaos, reconsiderations and court verdicts.
Eventually it was a Motorola vice president, Marty Cooper, who made the first ever cellular call with a mobile handset in 1973.