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I am reading "Radio Theory Handbook" and am confused with the statement that says that electrons are moving through the wire at snails pace.But it goes on to say the "electrical effect" is instantaneous. I assume he means the speed of light. Then what is this mysterious electrical signal in the wire that moves at the speed of light? Is it the EMF? By definition electricity is the flow of electrons. But yet the electrons are said to travel slow? There cannot be a contradiction. I am asking for help in clarifying this. Thank you. There is another question " Is voltage the speed of the electrons? This is not the same question. I am not asking about voltage. I am asking about the apparent contradiction given the fact that electricity which is the flow of electrons has an almost instantaneous effect while the electrons themselves more very slowly. Although it is not the same question there was enough useful information there and along with all the excellent responses that my question has been well explained.