Covington Connect is an aggressive effort to smash the digital divide in Covington by expanding access to free public Wi-Fi throughout much of the City.
In a previous post, we outlined the purpose, partners, and phases of the Covington Connect project. This post briefly looks at the data trends of Wi-Fi users, specifically how much data has been downloaded and uploaded by student and non-student users since December 2020.
A download pulls data from the internet to the users computer (watching a video; opening a webpage, etc.) and an upload takes data from the users computer and puts it on the internet (sending an email; uploading a homework assignment, etc.)
The graph below shows these data trends in Terabytes (TB), a large unit of digital data. Since December 2020, 125.62 TB of data has been transferred (downloads and uploads) over the Covington Connect Wi-Fi system. Student users have downloaded 50.51 TB and uploaded 4.41 TB. Non-student users have downloaded 64.39 TB and uploaded 6.31 TB.
For a point of reference, is has been estimated that 10 TB could hold the entire printed collection of the U.S. Library of Congress, while a single TB could hold 1,000 copies of the Encyclopedia Brittanica.1
Go to the Covington Connect page on the City’s website for more information.