Podcast: University of Chicago's Nick Feamster on staying connected in a pandemic

Feamster joins the podcast to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting Internet traffic.

Kelsey Ziser, Senior Editor

May 5, 2020

Podcast: University of Chicago's Nick Feamster on staying connected in a pandemic

In this podcast, Phil Harvey and I are joined by Nick Feamster, director of the Center for Data and Computing for the University of Chicago.

Feamster is leading a team studying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Internet traffic. The research team is examining how changes to Internet traffic volume impacts network utilization, network performance, application performance and user experience.

Home network use is increasing across every demographic – students and employees are learning and working from home and the elderly are using their home networks to keep in touch with family and caregivers, explains Feamster. Also, Feamster addresses how service providers are adjusting to new traffic patterns, and discusses how the network may be impacted once stay-at-home orders are lifted.

Listen to the podcast below, or subscribe and download it from Google Play, Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud or Spotify.

Special thanks to Avast for being our podcast sponsor.

— Kelsey Kusterer Ziser, Senior Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Kelsey Ziser

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Kelsey is a senior editor at Light Reading, co-host of the Light Reading podcast, and host of the "What's the story?" podcast.

Her interest in the telecom world started with a PR position at Connect2 Communications, which led to a communications role at the FREEDM Systems Center, a smart grid research lab at N.C. State University. There, she orchestrated their webinar program across college campuses and covered research projects such as the center's smart solid-state transformer.

Kelsey enjoys reading four (or 12) books at once, watching movies about space travel, crafting and (hoarding) houseplants.

Kelsey is based in Raleigh, N.C.

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