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Holiday Congestion and Streaming Traffic

Updated: Apr 5

The holiday season is a great opportunity to spend time catching up with family, and catching up with past shows you missed. In fact, it might be too good of a time to catch up on shows and movies. Have you considered the holiday congestion may also be affecting your streaming traffic as well?

Christmas break usually sees much higher streaming traffic congestion and usage of bandwidth. The reason for this is due to everyone being indoors away from the cold, and oftentimes, streaming. This could result in slower speeds for everyone depending on your local cell tower’s max capacity. This would be more apparent on Friday and Saturday Evenings.


You can check your speeds by running a Speed Test. If you see your speed ratio much lower than normal, it’s likely due to tower congestion. Rebooting the router should help the issue temporarily, but ultimately there is no direct solution to tower congestion. This proactive measure allows you to identify and address potential issues, ensuring that your router is optimized for the increased holiday internet traffic. Assess and enhance your internet speed for smooth streaming, uninterrupted video calls, and an overall enjoyable online experience.

During the holidays, the demand for high-speed internet surges as everyone engages in streaming festivities. Whether it’s binge-watching holiday movies, connecting through video calls, or gaming online, the strain on your internet connection can be considerable. To ensure a seamless experience, it’s crucial to have a robust high-speed internet connection.


Net All Over was founded by one of the innovators of Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) service, having designed one of the first outdoor wireless Internet networks in the U.S. in 1996. Our goal is to provide high-speed Internet service to rural or low-service areas that either have no competitive alternative – OR – have no high-speed choice at all.

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