off-topic: summary on Internet traffic growth myths

Since several members of this list requested it, here is a summary
of the responses to my request for information about Internet growth
during the telecom bubble, in particular the perceptions of the
O'Dell/Sidgmore/WorldCom/UUNet "Internet doubling every 100 days" myth.

First of all, many thanks to all those who responded, on and off-list.
This involved extensive correspondence and some long phone conversations,
and helped fill out the picture of those very confusing times (and
also made it even clearer than before that there were many different
perspectives on what was happening).

The entire message is rather long, but it is written in sections,
to make it easy to get the gist quickly and neglect the rest.