With the huge migration to the home of so much of the workforce — and their children — to combat coronavirus spread, the so-called last mile of the internet is coming under considerable stressBy FRANK BAJAK AP Technology WriterMarch 20, 2020, 6:40 PM3 min read With so much of the U.S. workforce — and their families — now cooped up at home to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s not a huge surprise that home internet is showing the strain. If you’ve had a business videoconference stutter while your teenagers play Call of Duty online, or found yourself unable to stream the news while your spouse uploads huge data files for work, you’ll have a good idea of the problem. IS THERE A BANDWIDTH PROBLEM? The internet’s core is managing the spike in traffic just fine, experts say. It has massive capacity to handle Netflix, YouTube, Zoom and other streaming services. True, Netflix has just throttled down its video quality in Europe at the request of authorities there. But the company already stores its programs on servers close to users’ homes already, and there’s no evidence that it’s clogging networks. IF THE INTERNET IS SO STURDY, WHY DOES

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