An assertion by Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com Corporation and designer of the Ethernet protocol for computer networks. It states that "the usefulness, or utility, of a network equals the square of the number of users." For example, the Internet reached critical mass in 1993, when there were roughly 2.5 million host computers on the network, and by November 1997, the Internet contained approximately 25 million host computers.
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