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Minnesota Internet Traffic Studies (MINTS)

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Governments generally took a hands-off attitude to the Internet, especially in earlier days. While this provided much flexibility and likely speeded up development of this new infrastructure, it also helped inflate the telecom bubble. It is almost certain that a simple reporting requirement as to the volume of Internet traffic (similar to what has traditionally been required for voice traffic) would have punctured the myth of "Internet traffic doubling every 100 days) and prevented the waste of over $100 billion in the United States alone on redundant long haul fiber networks.

Over the last few years, two governments have been collecting and disseminating information about Internet traffic in their countries: