Internet companies are adjusting to the increase in demand as more Wisconsinites work, learn and play “safer at home.”

“Every day in this COVID-19 world is a new day for us,” said AT&T Plains States President Scott VanderSanden.

So it is with other telecom companies, large and small.

Northern Telephone and Data, a provider in the Fox Valley region for about 27 years, has seen an increase of at least 35 percent in residential bandwidth use.

“Where we are not having any problems is where our new fiber optic network is,” William Miller, president of NTD, told He added that the fiber optic network is only at about 30 percent-40 percent capacity.

“Where we’re struggling is in our older copper networks that are rural customers,” he said. “Those networks are getting stressed upwards 80-90 percent of capacity.”

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