Telecom Nation: Telecommunications, Computers, and Governments in Canada

Telecom Nation: Telecommunications, Computers, and Governments in Canada

by Laurence Mussio
ISBN-10:
0773521755
ISBN-13:
9780773521759
Pub. Date:
04/27/2001
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press

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Telecom Nation: Telecommunications, Computers, and Governments in Canada

Laurence Mussio examines how federal and provincial public policy tried to keep pace with the diffusion of telecommunications, consumer demand, and a rising tide of technological innovation. Telecommunications regulation struggled to maintain a balance between producer and consumer in an increasingly complex field and policy makers were compelled to defend the national interest in international telecommunications arrangements or by making far-reaching decisions about transcontinental microwave systems and satellites. By the late 1960s national policy makers had embraced the arrival of the computer - especially once it began to be wired into Canada's communications infrastructure. Telecom Nation explores the impact of the computer on government policy and the first attempts to build a "national computer utility" - the beginnings of the Internet - twenty-five years before it became a reality. Based primarily on the rich and largely untapped sources at the National Archives of Canada, Cabinet records, provincial archives, and private sector repositories, Telecom Nation provides an essential background to contemporary public policy issues by examining how governments reconciled technological change, private enterprise, consumer demand, and the public good in communications. It will be required reading for students and specialists interested in telecommunications, public policy, and technological change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773521759
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 04/27/2001
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: (w) x (h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author


Laurence B. Mussio is a senior communications consultant in the financial services, communications, and public sectors.

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