This chapter introduces and tracks the history of the speed at which our worldwide communications system developed. It relays the major points and focuses on the collection of essays included in the book, particularly on point-to-point communication and undersea cables. The chapter gives brief overviews of each paper or essay in the collection, and how their topic of discussion connects to the larger picture of how undersea communication networks have shaped the governments and the world, and also touches on how the cable industry has met with the rise of wireless technology. Meant as a historical investigation, it concludes that such an undertaking will likely result in the appreciation of the pros and cons of our communication-dependent global society.
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