The United States is making a lot of voice and video calls since social distancing began, according to Comcast.

What’s happening:

  • Comcast said in a new blog post that the U.S. has increased its output of video and voice calls with traffic jumping 212% overall. Overall peak traffic on its network has jumped 32%, too.
  • Some cities — like Seattle and San Francisco — reported seeing overall video and phone call traffic up 60%.
  • Comcast said uploads used to peak during the night time. Now, they’re peaking during the daytime work hours, according to The Verge.
  • Streaming video and gaming numbers jumped, too. Video consumption jumped 38% and game downloads jumped 50%, according to The Verge.

Why it matters:

  • The numbers reflect a change in the country since the coronavirus pandemic began to spread massively across the United States. People use voice calls and video calls to check in with friends and family, attend parties, go on dates and, yes, work from home.

Comcast’s plan:

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The blog post read:

“We are seeing an unprecedented shift in network usage, but it’s within the capability of our network; and we continue to deliver the speeds and support the capacity our customers need while they’re working, learning, and connecting from home.”

“Overall network usage has risen since COVID-19, but we are seeing the traffic increases in early markets like Seattle and San Francisco beginning to plateau.”

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