As soon as the telegraph became a justifiable method of communication (meaning it didn’t take 2-3 minutes to send each character) a whole lot of networks arose! They were everywhere! Anyone who had a telegraph could form a network and majority of people could join a network when it became affordable. Opera is known for giving away hundreds of prizes at a time and it almost seems uncontrollable and to me it makes me think of how all of the sudden networks were being spread and not given away but people gained access to them.
No matter whether its the telegraph or the internet these networks that they create are an integral part to our society, we become so reliant on the current technology. If you see how reliant people are on the internet in todays society as a means of communication this would have been a similar way to how people became reliant on the telegraph.