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Samuel Morse, the Telegraph, and Government

| Written by Christopher | No Comments | Updated on Jan 2, 2012 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/samuel-morse-the-telegraph-and-government/

Smithsonian magazine provides some background on Samuel Morse, inventor of Morse Code and credited with inventing the telegraph.

It is interesting background, but not particularly relevant for community broadband until a paragraph toward the end:

Four years later, in July of 1844, news reached Paris and the rest of Europe that Professor Morse had opened a telegraph line, built with Congressional appropriation, between Washington and Baltimore, and that the telegraph was in full operation between the two cities, a distance of 34 miles.

From the beginning of telecommunications, the government played an essential role.