The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Telecom, we are led to believe, is an esoteric interest. Approaching strangers at a cocktail party to regale them with tales of DSL access or rights-of-way fights will have them searching for the bar or the nearest exit. Thus it was a pleasant surprise recently to visit the Telecommunications Museum operated by Iceland Telecom Ltd. Located in a former coast station in downtown Reykjavik, the museum shows the changes made from 1889, when the first telephone appeared in the Nordic country, to today, when Iceland is one of the most connected nations in the world. (The government is currently undertaking to install fibre to every home in the country.) Curator Jon Armann Jakobs-son, a retired Iceland Telecom employee, escorts visitors with avuncular glee. He points out the bulky cables needed to carry signals from the isolated island to the Shetland Islands in 1906. Photos show crews working through arduous conditions in 1905 and 1906 to set up telep-hone poles from Seydisfjordur in the north to the capital. Interactive exhibits show how Internet routing works.There is even a hint of Cana-dian content in the displays.In 1963, a new transatlantic coaxial cable went into service, sending signals from the tiny island in the north Atlantic to Gander, where they could be rerouted to their final destination. In 1994 the Cantat-3 marine cable was deployed. It moves signals through stations in Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom to similar facilities in Pennant Point NS, just outside of Halifax, and in New Jersey. Canada is not without its own telecom heritage. Alexander Graham Bell’s legacy has meant that there are communications museums in his former hometowns of Brantford NS and Baddeck NS. But that wealth of information still won’t make you any more popular at cocktail parties.