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Internet traffic is way up (not twice normal but nearly four times normal!)

Thank you – to the anonymous downvoter – I got to buy something I’ve wanted because you downvoted my comments more than 30 times! Thank you so much. I will never forget your act of kindness!

I sent yesterday’s post to the admin team – with our asks.

Now on to our regularly scheduled technology column! Today considering the internet, I got some interesting statistics the other day that I thought people would find interesting.

  1. On average, there are more calls in every country every day now, than the busiest calling day of the year. It has been that way for three straight weeks now!
  2. There are more people on average connected to the internet than the system has ever seen before.
  3. While there have been brownouts (internet down) in some countries, overall, the outages have been regional and not global.

Amazingly, the internet hasn’t had an issue overall with the sheer amount of traffic. The amount of streamed content has increased. The number of searches on Google and Bing has increased. But, overall, the internet is doing well. I am impressed with the sheer reality of more people at home doing more things on the internet, and it is still doing ok.

Now in fairness, there are several reports of slowness around the world in accessing sites—the more users on a website, the higher the likelihood of that site struggling. The bellwether sites (the ones that tend to have the most traffic overall) are built for more traffic than they are experiencing now, although it is a good test over all of the systems.

So if your internet is a little slow – it is ok. I heard a great analogy the other day that makes a lot of sense. There is an average of 2.3 people per “home” in the world. More than 44% of homes have one person. 56% of households have more than two people for that average globally. But the analogy is this, two months ago, there were 10 or 12 people at home in a neighborhood and 1 of them was using the internet, Now there are 50 people home, and 40 of them are using the internet. Consider that when you increase a system by four times, it will often struggle. We have not had a lousy outage or “burp yet!”

  • Question of

    Is your internet a little slow lately?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Are most of your friends and neighbors working from home?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    do you have kids connected to your ineternet?

    • Yes
    • No

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Written by DocAndersen

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  1. Those are some high numbers there Doc. Wow. I knew it had to be a lot though, look at us. I think its really cool that the net has been able to handle the traffic when the unemployment’s computer system got over loaded. What a mess. I had to be the odd one out in the 2nd question. I answered no. I live in a 55+ community, and most are retired. My friends are essential workers.

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  2. Q: IS YOUR INTERNET A LITTLE SLOW LATELY?
    Yes (1 votes) – 17%
    No (5 votes) – 83%
    Q: ARE MOST OF YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS WORKING FROM HOME?
    Yes (5 votes) – 100%
    Q: DO YOU HAVE KIDS CONNECTED TO YOUR INTERNET?
    Yes (1 votes) – 17%
    No (5 votes) – 83%

  3. The Internet is getting a real workout but it is great that it is there. Mine is behaving itself and that is good. I have 13 articles to write and 5 projects to do so I will stay out of trouble. The downvote thing is getting stale there are 5 then 7 then 8 downvotes on your replies. Who’s the culprit?

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  4. All the three of us are working online and there is no slowing down. We did have a minor problems and had to go offline which the service provider fixed in an hour this afternoon.

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