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Continentalizing Canadian Telecommunications : The Politics of Regulatory Reform - Vanda Rideout

Continentalizing Canadian Telecommunications

The Politics of Regulatory Reform


Published: 30th January 2003
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In Continentalizing Canadian Telecommunications Vanda Rideout examines active political resistance to the radical, neo-liberal transformation of Canadian telecommunications that has been orchestrated by the federal government, big business, and their powerful lobbyists over the last two decades. 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.

"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

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Telecommunications and the First National Policyp. 16
Canada's Permeable Fordist Telecommunications Regimep. 30
Telecommunications Liberalization: Phase Onep. 47
External and Internal Forces on Canadian Telecom Policy Reformp. 59
Telecommunications Policy Liberalization and Centralizationp. 86
Consumer and Public-Interest Resistancep. 107
Continentalizing Canadian Telecommunicationsp. 139
Conclusionp. 164
Appendicesp. 173
Notesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 225
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780773524255
ISBN-10: 0773524258
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 30th January 2003
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.4  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.56