A new OpenVault Broadband Insights Report shows that broadband usage has remained well above pre-pandemic levels. The monthly Broadband data consumption average by U.S. households reached 461.7 GB in Q1, up nearly 15% from 402.5 GB in the previous year, even while down 4.3% from 482.6 GB in Q4 2020. The study concluded that it’s unlikely to return to pre-pandemic usage levels. Instead, a new normal of significantly higher broadband consumption appears to be settling into place.

The study also found that gigabit speeds are gaining in popularity. Over the past two quarters, the percentage of subscribers provisioned for gigabit-speed service has jumped 75%, and the median broadband speed level taken is now between 200 Mbit/s and 300 Mbit/s.