The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled many Americans to rely on the internet for work, socialization, entertainment, and learning, putting added strain on the nation’s broadband networks. Despite this surge in bandwidth demand, a new report by WhistleOut found that average U.S. internet speeds saw significant increases after the pandemic started (mid-March to early July 2020) compared to prior to the outbreak (mid-January to mid-March 2020) — from 84.9 Mbps to 94.6 Mbps.

The study points to consumers upgrading their plans and some internet service providers increasing their internet speeds in response to the pandemic as potential reasons for the speed increase.

 Source: WhistleOut