Internet Speeds During the 2020 Quarantine

I proposed this spontaneous, research-backed piece in early 2020 to see if working from home due to the COVID-19 quarantine had any effect on internet speeds.

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I analyzed speed test results from January to September 2020 in Tableau and crunched the numbers to find average download speeds by state and by internet provider. I also proposed and ran a project where I gathered speed test results from my coworkers as well as qualitative data to zoom in and add a personal touch.

Here are some of the key findings from the report:

Average download speeds rose by almost 20% nationwide from January to September 2020.

Of the large internet service providers (ISPs), Windstream saw the biggest gain in average download speeds of 49.8%, while HughesNet saw the biggest decrease of -70.7%.

Most states that saw a decrease in average speeds in September 2020 compared to January still saw 100 Mbps download speeds (except for West Virginia).

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