Explanation: The telegraph allowed communications to travel over the world near instantly, bridging gaps that would have taken weeks or months to traverse and effectively “shrinking” the world. This also allowed empires to grow larger to accommodate their expanded reach. Eliminate (A); this is the opposite of what actually occurred. Eliminate (C) because common people used telegraphs just as often as governments. Eliminate (D) because only the most modern nations had access to the technology required to set up telegraph connections. Choice (B) is the answer.