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Some telecommunication statistics from around the world during the past hour. The communications revolution underway, but only just begun. Some of the things we'll be able to do as a result of the communications revolution and the technology that will make these development possible. An exemplary review of things we'll be able to do. Building a Broadband Infrastructure. Challenges of building the new infrastructure. The power of fibre optics. The challenge of putting fibre optics in place, and improving the technology. What Lucent is working on. The development of routers. Uniting the voice and data networks. Building "The Last Mile"--some alternatives. Concluding remarks.