A new study by the Fiber Broadband Association and RVA, LLC shows significant changes in how Americans use the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few key findings from the study include:
- Increased video conferencing — 46% of respondents said they used video conferencing to stay connected with family members, 24% for business, and 16% for educational applications.
- Rising use of telemedicine — 12% of respondents utilized telehealth services, up from 2% in 2019.
Lisa R. Youngers, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association, noted “COVID-19 didn’t ‘break’ the Internet and that’s primarily because of the investments made in future-proof, reliable fiber broadband. High-speed broadband access is essential for mitigating personal and economic damage from this crisis. Yet we clearly need to invest more to improve our infrastructure and bring high-speed fiber broadband access to more consumers.”
Source: Fiber Broadband Association