A few weeks ago, the United States internet traffic peaked at nearly 40 billion pieces per second, the highest recorded in the history of the United Nations.
But this week, US internet traffic plunged to just over 13 billion, down nearly 30 percent from last week.
The decline comes as the United Kingdom is preparing to launch a national “zero rating” policy, which will require internet service providers to remove certain content and services that aren’t “good enough” for the UK.
In the US, the US Congress has passed legislation that would make it illegal for internet providers to block or slow access to content that is technically illegal.
The US’s internet traffic has been declining for years, thanks to the growth of the internet and the advent of streaming video.
But in the US and the UK, it’s become a major headache for internet service companies and some of the biggest online content providers, such as Netflix and Amazon, as they struggle to meet demand.
“In the US we are seeing an incredibly high volume of people in the UK using the internet to access their content and to engage with other users,” said Brian Blumberg, a senior research fellow at the University of Warwick.
“That has an impact on the entire US internet infrastructure.”
Blumberg said that in the past, the internet infrastructure was not designed for the US’s high-speed internet, and that the companies were struggling to keep up with the demand for high-quality, high-definition video, photos and music.
“We’ve had to build the infrastructure to be able to provide that,” he said.
But with zero rating and other measures, internet service provider companies are trying to fix that problem.
In September, the FCC adopted a new rule that requires internet service operators to remove or slow down some content and content services that are not “good quality” for consumers, or “bad quality” or “inadequate for a specific market.”
In a press release on Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said that “zero ratings will require broadband providers to treat online services that fall below the FCC’s guidelines as they should be treated.”
The FCC says it is also requiring broadband providers, cable providers and mobile providers to create an “equitable treatment” policy for content providers.
It’s the policy that would apply to internet service in the United State, and could mean that providers would be required to make a percentage of the services that they receive “fairly equitable” in terms of how much of the revenue they generate.
While the US has historically had relatively low internet usage rates, Blumenberg said that the country has experienced a huge growth in the use of the technology.
“There’s been a massive increase in internet usage for decades,” he added.
“This is a huge problem for broadband providers because they have to build a network to deliver the service to a huge number of people.
It takes a lot of bandwidth and it costs a lot.”
According to the FCC, the average internet speed for Americans last year was 9.9 megabits per second.
That’s about double the average speed in the U.K., which is currently around 2.7 Mbps.
That is a big increase from 2010, when the average broadband speed in both the U, UK and US was around 1 Mbps.
Blumenberg pointed out that broadband speeds have been increasing at a rate of about 1.4 percent per year since 2010.
“The trend is now towards doubling broadband speeds every year,” he explained.
Blumsberg said the US is also experiencing a slowdown in the number of internet users, because of the rise of streaming videos and social media.
“Streaming video is a massive phenomenon that’s now growing rapidly in the internet space, and we’re seeing it dominate a lot more of the overall US internet usage,” he noted.
Blumings point is that the trend could also be the result of the increased availability of mobile broadband.
“Mobile broadband is really the next generation of internet, the next major internet platform,” he pointed out.
“If you look at the internet as a platform that we have to deliver to the next billion people, we need a massive infrastructure,” he concluded.