Over 14% of US Internet subscribers now use over 1TB a month

Posted on Thursday, Feb 11 2021 @ 10:10 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The COVID-19 pandemic caused an unexpected boom in Internet traffic. The growing traffic is caused by a variety of reasons, including work-from-home, online education, and people consuming a lot more digital content because there's nothing else to do.

ARS Technica writes 14.1 percent of US Internet subscribers now consume over 1TB of data a month. That's almost double as much as before the pandemic:
"The power user category continue[d] to accelerate [in Q4 2020], with 14.1 percent of weighted average subscribers now consuming over 1TB of data per month, up 94 percent from 2019," OpenVault's report said. In Q4 2019, 7.3 percent of US-based subscribers used over 1TB. (The weighted figures include both users with data caps and users with unlimited plans.)

The 14.1 percent figure is also a big jump from Q3 2020, when OpenVault research found that 8.8 percent of broadband subscribers used at least 1TB per month. The 1TB figure is significant because AT&T and other ISPs impose monthly data caps of 1TB or less. Comcast raised its cap to 1.2TB starting in mid-2020, while Cox's is now up to 1.25TB. People using 1TB on a capped service are at risk of paying overage fees, which generally cost $10 for each additional block of 50GB.
Funny how Internet usage has increased so much over the last couple of years. I can still remember a time when 10GB a month was considered a lot for broadband Internet.

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Thomas De Maesschalck

Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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