Continentalizing Canadian Telecommunications The Politics of Regulatory Reform

by Vanda Rideout

Continentalizing Canadian Telecommunications The Politics of Regulatory Reform Synopsis

Rideout focuses on the protection of the public interest, a crucial element neglected by most recent studies, and shows that although alliances have been formed between labour, consumers, and public interest activists, significant disagreements over issues such as free trade, long distance and local competition, and a targeted subsidy program for very low-income Canadians have meant that this united front has not been able to counter the forces of the new neo-liberal telecommunication policy regime. Continentalizing Canadian Telecommunications details the complex relationships between the various corporate and government interests, shows how the changes they brought about have locked Canada's telecommunications system into the orbit of the US system, and discusses the implications this has for Canadians.

Continentalizing Canadian Telecommunications The Politics of Regulatory Reform Press Reviews

The author does an excellent job of mapping out the policy networks, alliances, research institutions, and conceptual shifts, looking at the transformation of the role of the Canadian state in telecommunications policy, how this role expanded from the late 1940s onwards, and the strong role played by government in ushering in a neo-liberal telecommunications order during the 1980s and 1990s. Dwayne Winseck, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University

Book Information

ISBN: 9780773524521
Publication date: 4th July 2003
Author: Vanda Rideout
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 280 pages
Categories: Postal & telecommunications industries, Central government policies, Communication studies,

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