Although the prosecution of United Wireless gained the most attention, the "purification" referred to in this article also included the Federal government's successful prosecution of a number of officials of the successor company to DeForest's Radio Telephone Company.
Modern Electrics, December, 1911, page 600:
TWELFTH ANNIVERSARY OF WIRELESS
November, 1911, marks the twelfth year of the inauguration of regular wireless service on an ocean liner. Judging from the development of the art and its commercial application, it is safe to state that it has advanced more rapidly than any other industry aside from aeronautics.
In 1899, the steamer "St. Paul" succeeded in transmitting a message sixty-six miles to the Needles in England, which was considered a remarkable record at that time. Today, amateurs with simple sets, most of the instruments in these sets being home made, readily receive messages from ships over one thousand miles away. The commercial stations communicate without difficulty to ranges in excess of five hundred miles. Commercial stations as well as government ones, dot the coasts from one boundary to the other, sending countless messages and safeguarding the lives of thousands of human beings on ship-board.
It is with deep regret that a number of unscrupulous men should have gained a footing in the wireless industry, and used it as a tool for extorting money from thousands of victims in promoting stock sales. This money has been used, not for wireless stations and service, but for the foundation of huge fortunes made by these men in their dishonest undertaking.
Today it may be said that the wireless industry is undergoing a state of purification, and will issue from this state, a clean and prosperous organization, its main financial income being secured as tolls for messages. The promoting stage is one to be passed by every new invention, and if that industry survives through this period of criticisms and abuse, its future success is certain.