Episode 5 – Telecommunications: A Look at the Canadian Review of Telecommunications Policy

Guest: Benjamin Klass, PhD student at Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication

About: In this episode, we take a slight detour from our usual focus on international events. In today’s economy and everyday life, access to effective means of communication is slowly gaining the status of a need, along with shelter, food and health care. Is this reflected in our current telecommunications infrastructure? Across the globe, countries are reviewing broadband infrastructure and overhauling their communication policies to keep up with the needs of the 21st century. Effective policy not only enhances a population’s ability to connect to important information and services, it also fosters innovations and builds the foundation of technologically driven cities and communities.

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From Left to Right: Benjamin Klass, Bridget Healy, Joshua Beanlands, Emily Vallee Watt and Nicole Halseth

Benjamin Klass is currently a PhD student at Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication, where he studies the political economy of communication. Ben’s research interests consist of the “historical development of telecommunications in Canada, Canadian communication thought, and neoliberalism”. Recently, Ben has made headlines after a complaint he filed prompted a review of mobile Internet rules by the CRTC.

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Cold Funk – Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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