Indian Communication Arts (INCA)
THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CANADIAN SATELLITE BROADCASTING by Jean McNulty, Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications
After dcvcloping a political cconomy approach to Canadian satcllite broadcasting, Innis’ conccpt of “monopolics of knowledge” is applied to a
critical account of thc history of the domestic satellite systcm.
Thc purpose of thc papcr is to argue that through monopolics of knowlcdgc, thc devclopmcnt of a domcstic satcllitc systcm in Canada has bccn largely conlrollcd by the fcdcnl govcmmcnt and thc major tclephonc companies. Thc consqucncc of this politicocconomic arnngcmcnt has bccn the esublishmcnt of a satcllitc systcm that hs had limitcd bcncfit for Canadian socicty. In particular. thc cultunl bcnclits to people living in northem Canada havc bccn questionable — although much discussed in the policy documcnts (c.g. CRTC, 1980).