Many would say yes, but Tom Standage would beg to differ in his book “The Victorian Internet”
Mr Standage tells the story of the people who created the telegraph system starting at the end of the 18th century, and leading to Samuel Morse and the first electric system in the US. He goes into the social aspects of suddenly being able to be in touch across the world, the doom and gloom that came from the newspaper industry, and the rise and fall of the operators of the equipment.
I found out about this book from Rick Segal’s blog The Post Money Value
I got my copy from the library, but Amazon seems to have a recent reprint available