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Federal regulation of telecommunications, the demise of the pursuit of provincial public policy by Provincial Crown Corporations

by Harper, Merry Deirdre

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The thesis anatyPs the impact of federal regulation of telecommunications on the putsuit of provincial public policy objectives by a provincially-o wned telecomm*cations corporation. The Manitoba Telephone System (MTS) is used as a single case study to examine the effect of federal regulation on provincial public policy, m particular Service for the Future. The literature is adyzed to show how technological change resulted in the transformation of the Canadian telecommunications industry from a monopoly to a competitive environment. The thesis examines the ~bsequent effects of the technological changes to the legal and regulatory structure of Canadian telecommrmCcations. The federalprovincial jurisdictional conflict in telecommunications is reviewed with a reflection as to how technology influenced the decision-making. Technology also is explored as the basis for the current federal regulatory direction of telecornmunicatioascompetition. The history and public policy surrounding the creation of MTS, as a Crown corporation, is reviewed. MTS' accountability to provincial public policy objectives is seen as part of its foundation as a provincially-owned telecommunications corporation. Finally, the achievement of provincial public policy, outliaed in Service for the Future, is examined to delineate the conflict between its success and federally-regulated competition under the CRTC.
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Date of Publication:01/01/1999

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