Internet speed slower in Irvine, result of stay-home order

By Brian Thomas –

As more people across the country comply with government orders to shelter in place due to the coronavirus, Internet download speed is getting slower. In Irvine, home Internet connections declined last week by as much as 20 percent, the most among the Orange County cities analyzed in a new report.

According to a study conducted by, the network performance decline is occurring because of the increased time people are spending working from home, taking classes online, and engaging in social media and streaming services as entertainment.

The study reviewed download speeds of some 200 U.S. cities during the week of March 15 through March 21 and compared them to speeds recorded during the prior 11 weeks in 2020, before shelter-in-place orders were implemented.

Forty-four percent of cities studied experienced network degradation over the prior weeks, as states imposed restrictions on citizens requiring them to stay home. While most cities’ connectivity was not significantly impacted by the increased home connections, 13.5 percent nationally dipped below a 20 percent loss.

Seattle’s download speeds were not impacted by the stay-at-home order, compared to New York, which lost 24 percent of normal download speed.  

Among Orange County cities selected for the study, most saw no degradation to their download speeds. Garden Grove measured no degradation and a median download speed of 41.5 Mbps. Santa Ana maintained its median download speed of 30.29 Mbps. Huntington Beach’s speed slowed up to 10 percent, averaging 82.1 Mbps.

Irvine, which over the first 11 weeks of the year averaged a download speed of between 67.24 and 88.86 Mbps, recorded a slow-down of between 10 and 20 percent during the week of March 15 to March 21, with a median download speed of 53.89 Mbps.

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