Over the past week or so, I’ve noticed that some of the things I do online have either slowed down or occasionally had trouble connecting. I’ve mostly experienced this on my smartphone, with a few mobile games experiencing hiccups. I suspected this was the result of increased strain on the internet at large from more people being hunkered down at home, and fresh data from BroadbandNow, a broadband data aggregation company, seemingly corroborates my hunch.

“Large swaths of the American population have transitioned to working and learning from home as the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold around the world. We have been tracking internet speeds across many of the largest U.S. cities in an effort to better understand how this unprecedented shift may be impacting our internet infrastructure,” BroadbandNow states in a blog post.

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