Many of us have watched our home internet usage skyrocket since the COVID-19 pandemic drove millions home to work, learn and shelter in place.
Just how much is now clear.
Average internet consumption at the end of March jumped to 402.5 GB, an increase of 47 percent above figures from the same point in 2019. Homes that use more than 1 TB of data—the typical “data cap” imposed by some internet service providers—jumped 138 percent.
And on just one day, April 4, Americans streamed more than 50,000 years of content. Not hours—years.
Even though those numbers are truly staggering, it’s not hard to see how we got here. As we continue to grapple with COVID-19 closures, we are communicating over the internet with friends and long-distance family members on Facebook and TikTok, logging on to video conferences with work colleagues, and of course, streaming shows, movies and music like never before.
As a result, consumers are opting for the higher speeds and bandwidth they can get from fiber internet. Symmetrical, Gigabit speeds like those offered by C Spire give users the headroom to stream on multiple devices at the same time, so you can work while your kids play games online, with no data caps to hold you back.