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Social impact of satellites

Amid feelings of apprehension and anticipation, Canadians looked skyward as scientists launched satellites into the solar system in the 1960s. The primitive satellite program has since evolved into a highly sophisticated network. Canadian scientists have actively taken the lead in this ever-growing industry, transforming our lives with improved telephone, radio, television, tele-medicine and Internet access.

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Are the rich getting richer and the poor poorer because of satellites? CBC hosts Adrienne Clarkson and Vincent Tovell are at the Couchiching Conference and they discuss how satellite technology is driving up the cost of communication. It's not likely to be affordable for everyone, they say, and some believe that this could threaten the ideal of the global village.
• On July 11, 1962, the first transatlantic television transmission signal was sent from Maine to Pleumeur-Bodou, France. The program included a performance of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir live from Mt. Rushmore.
Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio Special
Broadcast Date: Aug. 3, 1967
Host: Adrienne Clarkson, Vincent Tovell
Duration: 2:37
Photo: Photo illustration of satellite orbiting Earth © Eraxion. Image from BigStockPhoto.com.

Last updated: January 10, 2012

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