Broadband network strain Do US broadband speeds show people are still staying home?

Broadband download speeds and latency can show whether people are continuing to stay at home andnengage in bandwidth-intensive activities like gaming and streaming.

08 May 2020
  • Data for the week ending April 19 shows download speeds have generally increased, but so has latency.
  • Download speeds have recently risen in New York and Seattle.
  • In San Francisco, however, they have fallen.
  • Download speeds have improved m/m for US providers except AT&T Internet, Verizon, and XFINITY.
  • Optimum has recently seen a pronounced increase in speed.
  • Latency (where lower is better) increased for all providers examined, especially Optimum (~80%).

Weekly Change in Broadband Download Speeds by City

Source: UBS Evidence Lab, Ookla

Change in Providers' Download Speed and Latency

Source: UBS Evidence Lab, Ookla