Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science


Political Science, Public Administration.


Pawley, Howard,




The thesis analyzes the impact of federal regulation of telecommunications on the pursuit of provincial public policy objectives by a provincially-owned telecommunications corporation. The Manitoba Telephone System (MTS) is used as a single case study to examine the effect of federal regulation on provincial public policy, in particular Service for the Future. The literature is analyzed 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 subsequent effects of the technological changes to the legal and regulatory structure of Canadian telecommunications. The federal-provincial 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 telecommunications competition. 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, outlined in Service for the Future, is examined to delineate the conflict between its success and federally-regulated competition under the CRTC.Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1999 .H38. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 39-02, page: 0397. Adviser: Howard Pawley. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1999.