ERIC Number: ED194058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Videotex in Canada.
Madden, John C.
The prospect of videotex services becoming available and widely used throughout Canada presents potential problems. It is important that the industry structure that evolves for videotex be one in which society-as-a-whole benefits as well as individuals. To insure that this happens, the Canadian government should formulate policies to (1) ensure that public access is provided to a wide variety of information providers through low cost and easy-to-use terminals from any part of Canada; (2) give information providers access to the public and ensure that they encounter the lowest possible barrier to entry into the marketplace; (3) ensure that the resultant industrial benefits accrue, to the maximum extent possible, to Canadian industry; and (4) ensure that the rights of individuals are not transgressed. Of the two Canadian videotex systems which have been developed, Telidon, marketed by the Communications Research Centre near Ottawa, should be the system established at the outset in Canada. Telidon is technically superior and offers immeasurably greater flexibility for future developments. (Author/LLS)
Descriptors: Computer Graphics, Foreign Countries, Industry, Information Services, Mass Media, Online Systems, Public Policy, Standards, Telecommunications
Canadian Government Publication Centre, Supply and Services Canada, Hull, PQ, K1A 0S9 (Cat. No. C022-22/1979, $1.95).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Access to Information; Canada; Telidon; Videotex; Vista System (Bell Canada)
Note: This is based on a paper prepared for a Delta Project Seminar (Toronto, Ontario, May 8, 1979). For a related document, see IR 008 904.