With the epidemic closure and the implementation of home quarantine measures, the United States has seen more obvious Internet slowdown.According to the top 200 city survey of broadband now, 88 cities have seen a decline in Internet speed in the past week, and even 3 cities have seen a decline of more than 40%.Obviously, with more and more people learning, working, playing and entertaining at home, operators are facing severe bandwidth pressure.
Not every city is facing great pressure of speed reduction, such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn and San Francisco. The old downward speed is almost unaffected. In addition, the Seattle area also performs well.
However, in high-risk areas, such as New York City, the center of the virus, the downward rate fell by 24% last week (slightly in the previous 10 weeks), and the median network speed was 52mbps.
The good news is that in most regions, the network connection rate remains relatively stable. Of the top 200 cities, 88 have declined, with only a few cities down 20% or less.
Austin, Texas - 44%, Houston - 24%, Plano - 31%;
Charlotte, NC - 24%, Fayetteville (- 22%), Raleigh - 20%, Winston - Salem - 41%;
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - 29%, hyelia - 21%, Miami - 27%;
Irvine, California - 20%, Oxnard - 42%, San Jose - 38%;
Jersey, NJ - 25%;
Kansas City, Missouri - 25%, St. Louis - 21%;
Lawrence, Georgia - 24%, Marietta - 29%;
Littleton, colo. - 22%;
Nashville, Tennessee - 20%;
New York, NY - 24%, Rochester - 33%;
Omaha, Nebraska -24%;
Orfrance Park, Kansas - 33%;
St. Paul, Minnesota - 29%;
Scottsdale, Arizona - 32%;
Washington - 30%.
The three cities had the most severe network slowdown (over 40%), especially Austin, Texas (- 44%), Winston Salem, North Carolina (- 41%), and Oxnard, California (- 42%), and San Jose was close to that (- 38%).
During the outbreak, Internet service providers (ISPs) have cancelled the additional fees after traffic overruns and extended the free access policy to low-income families to cope with the crisis.
At the same time, streaming media service providers also face great pressure of bandwidth consumption due to the explosive growth of traffic, so youtube, Netflix and Amazon have successively reduced the default video resolution (from HD to SD).
Finally, while broadband access in more remote areas, such as rural America, still relies on traditional technologies, such as DSL, it may change in the future.