ERIC Number: ED143372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May-15
Reference Count: 0
Impact of Communications Services in the Eastern Arctic. Final Report.
This study explored the relationship between innovations in communication services and changes in other forms of socio-economic behavior. It focused on five communities in the Eastern Arctic and a control community in Northwestern Ontario, each with a different level of communications service. Interviews were conducted, and time-series data were collected on 40 variables ranging from "telephone installations" to "food sales" to "school pupils." The latter information was analyzed via a comparison of standardized data in graphical form. The analysis indicates that: (1) natives use the communication services in the same way as non-natives, (2) there is a general transition away from "traditional" ways of life in the economic and educational spheres, (3) the number of telephones is associated with the level of food sales, and (4) the degree of change in communication service (telephone) is related to the level of subscriptions when the exchange is upgraded. A complete list of the variables studied and the interview protocol are included. (Author/DAG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bell Canada, Montreal (Quebec). Business Planning Group.
Authoring Institution: Queen's Univ., Kingston (Ontario). Dept. of Electrical Engineering.