COVID-19 Creating ‘Enormous Stress Test’ of America’s Internet

The United States’ internet and wireless networks are coming under immense pressure to deliver reliable connectivity as schools and businesses confronting the novel coronavirus have shifted their day-to-day operations out of the workplace and into homes.

Schools and universities nationwide have implemented remote learning plans in response to the outbreak. Countless major businesses have asked their employees to work from home. 

As cities shut down restaurants, routine social interactions are moving online: People are using FaceTime to connect with family and friends, Zoom for business meetings, YouTube for livestreamed events. Online games, food delivery apps and Netflix are also favorites.

From aging home WiFi routers and digital collaboration tools to exchange points in the internet backbone, there are many potential areas of failure, the Federal Communications Commission said.


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