A History of the Telecommunications Industry in Canada, 1846-1956
The Invisible Empire provides the first overview of Canadian telecommunications, from the laying of the first telegraph line between Toronto and Hamilton in 1846 to the separation between Nortel – then known as Northern Electric – and the American Bell System in 1956.
It is impossible to understand Canada without looking at the history and development of its telecommunications industry. In the nineteenth century Canada was the only country in the world constructed on the basis of technology – first the railway and, in its shadow, telegraphy. In the 1930s this technological nationalism came of age and telecommunications became Canada’s “national” technology.