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50th anniversary of Telstar 1 communications satellite launch: Queen's University expert

2012-07-10

Queen’s University communication expert Vincent Mosco is available to talk about the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Telstar 1 communications satellite (July 10, 1962) which ushered in a new era of communications.

Dr. Mosco remembers the excitement caused by the launch 50 years ago and says the impact extends far beyond the fact that it provided TV audiences in North America and Europe with the first live transatlantic television feed.

“In the days before the Internet, communication satellites covered the world and launched a revolution in global communication. Satellites made international communication more cost effective because you didn’t need to deploy ships to install and maintain undersea cables. In the 1960s and 70s, international business began to expand and satellites made it possible because you could easily transfer data around the world. Early satellites also had national defence implications because governments could now monitor their adversaries’ troops and equipment,” says Dr. Mosco.

Dr. Mosco is a professor emeritus who specializes in the sociology of communication and information technology and is the author of numerous books on communication, technology and society (including The Political Economy of Communication). He has held research positions in the U.S. government with the White House Office of Telecommunication Policy and U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment.

Please note that Dr. Mosco, who is based in Ottawa, is not available for TV interviews on Friday, July 6.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (office: 613-533-2877, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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