Verizon: Network Usage In Miami Up 364%, Customers Flocking To The Area

Verizon said this week that it has seen hundreds of thousands of its customers “flocking” to Florida during the pandemic, with an especially large usage spike in Miami.

From January 2020 to April 2022, busy-hour data usage of the Verizon network in Miami increased 364%, the company said.

Also during that period, more than a quarter of a million Verizon wireless customers moved to Florida.

Other Florida cities seeing data usage spikes included Tampa (up 135%), Orlando (408%), West Palm Beach (165%), Fort Myers (173%), Collier County (257%), and Glades County (271%).

Verizon said it has deployed long-term temporary assets in the interim to Florida, in order to address what it called skyrocketing demand in the area. It is also working on more permanent capacity increases, which will take 12-24 months to complete.

The company says the surge in Florida users is different than the the seasonal increases that Florida has seen in the past, and appears to be permanent.

Long-term forecasting models are being adjusted by Verizon, and additional capital is being deployed to meet the new demand. An additional $149 million is being allocated to expand its Florida network.

 

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Anonymous
6 months ago

That’s great news. Miami is finally growing into a big city! But like any big city, it needs better public transportation. Imagine a 364% increase of traffic!

Anonymous
6 months ago

Miami also needs more jobs. Losing Amazon was a big hit. What’s happening with the innovation district?

Anonymous
6 months ago

We also need more graduate programs, Master’s and PhDs! MDC should step up their game and expand their footprint both with buildings and graduate programs.

Melo is sigma and chad
6 months ago

No we need more programs for certifications. these long, overpriced and out dated master and phd programs aren’t agile.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Certifications won’t get you high paying corporate jobs, unless they are post-graduate certifications. But I agree with also having more certifications for other kind of jobs.

FatArbondiga
6 months ago

Ye s they are

They call me...
6 months ago

Keep up.
Miami Dade College just won a national award from Amazon Web Services for their stackable certificate program.
MDC also has programs that have been created in conjunction with Tesla, Google, MIT.

Yes. Certifications do land high paying jobs. Yes, it is already happening.

Read the South Florida Business Journal or the Miami Today. They are doing a great job reporting on this. The excellent work at Miami schools over the last decade is one of the most important CAUSES of this relocation EFFECT.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Getting an education isn’t just about getting better jobs but it’s also about reading and expanding our minds. We sure need that in Miami.

Anonymous
6 months ago

University of Miami-Dade (UMD)? University of Dade County (UDC)? I think it has a nice ring to it. Miami could use another public institution to spice up the FIU/UM environment and make them more competitive.

Anonymous
6 months ago

It would be less of a joke. Heck, there’s plenty of vacant lots in Overtown for building a new university campus, rather than all the underutilized real estate MDC owns in the middle of downtown better suited for office and hotel towers.

Anonymous
6 months ago

If you went to any of those programs you’d spell outdated correctly as a starter… since when the highest possible education has become outdated? Are we supposed to have lawyers, doctors, researchers, etc. with an education from an online 72 hours course?! lol If anything your logic proves that we definitely need better education in Miami.

FatArbondiga
6 months ago

Dade College – Beat Community College in the nation.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Isn’t it a 4 year college now?

They call me...
6 months ago

It WAS the largest Community College in the USA (MDCC). Now 4yr programs are available and MDCC is now MDC.

Anonymous
6 months ago

It should become MDU as in University!!

Anonymous
6 months ago

LOL MDC doing Master’s and PhDs?

SoBeDad
6 months ago

Graduate programs are needed for some fields. For example, biotech hires tons of PhD. But IT and Finance just need smart people with relevant skills. Lucy Guo dropped out her senior year.

Truth
6 months ago

FIU is what actually needs more investment dollars

BDub
6 months ago

Many of the “jobs” are in other parts of the country, but the people who do them are here working remotely.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Exactly but people change jobs often and the only way to retain all these new people is to create many jobs for when they will be looking for a new one.

MiMiami
6 months ago

Miami made it on Amazon’s shortlist, if I recall. It was an exciting, good run for us.

Who knows… maybe some of these tech based California companies will start relocating here.

FatArbondiga
6 months ago

Huge Amazon facility in Opalocka – go there

They call me...
6 months ago

They already have.

They call me...
6 months ago

In Amazon’s “quest” for an second headquarters, HQ2, Miami (in collaboration with Broward/PB counties) made the final cut.

Amazon never picked one location for HQ2. Amazon did, however, get to see under every city’s kimono to learn just how much they’d give away.

It would have been great to have an HQ2 in Miami, but even competing so vigorously upped the game of Miami Gov’t, econ development organization, chambers of commerce and all our community leaders.

All that work is paying off.

They call me...
6 months ago

What?
Miami didn’t lose Amazon.

Bob
6 months ago

Losing Amazon ?

They call me...
6 months ago

Yes! Unless Miami has better transportation now, Verizon will NEVER have a 364% increase in users.
(Oh wait…didn’t the article say that Verizon DID have a 364% increase with the current transportion system? Guess that means that the premise is false.)

Miami needs critical thinking skill building courses for those few Miamians who are getting left behind.

Anonymous
6 months ago

And reading comprehension courses too apparently.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Don’t even bother wasting your time with “They call me.” At first I thought his comments were all sarcastic but he’s merely braindead.

They call me...
6 months ago

First you “thought” comments were sarcastic.
Then you thought the opposite.

Your thinking is correct 50% of the time.
That doesn’t qualify you for A student.

They call me...
6 months ago

Keep up.

miamiFranky
6 months ago

the increase means amount of users in Miami, no new users, they came from NY and NJ where Verizon is strong.

Anonymous
6 months ago

How about ATT, and T Mobil usage?

They call me...
6 months ago

“How about ATT, and T Mobil usage?”
That’s a great question.
But it requires some journalisming.

Big D
6 months ago

Raise minimun wage!!!

Anonymous
6 months ago

that’s already happened, hence the skyrocketing inflation

Anonymous
6 months ago

When did the federal minimum wage go up?

Anonymous
6 months ago

Ever hear of state minimum wages?

Anonymous
6 months ago

I have heard of them. It’s literally $10 in Florida.

Anonymous
6 months ago

“Ever hear of state minimum wages”

What a stupid comment. Inflation is occurring everywhere in the US, not just Florida.

Anonymous
6 months ago

^what a stupid communt from a dummy like you…. I would explain it to you, but you would be too dumb to understand my explanation so hey look a butterfly!

Anonymous
6 months ago

Yes, Mr. Economist, please explain how a $1 increase in minimum wage in the single state of Florida caused an increase in inflation across the world. We’ll be waiting…

Anonymous
6 months ago

Nah, the skyrocketing inflation is because of someone else. LOL, so much for your beloved fifteen dollars an hour flipping burgers, when it’s more worthless than previous wages.

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

sad but true… hopefully this inflation will convince more people to support a living wage

Truth Matters
6 months ago

Our inflation is due to horrible, drastic policies by our new pres

Anonymous
6 months ago

Yes, and better public transportation doesn’t mean BRT and extending the Metromover beyond distances it was designed for.

Melo’s pájaro nalgon
6 months ago

We need more smart people that will bring better jobs. Too many scammers and gig jobs.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Unchecked growth is not a plus. All these people are moving into south Florida like locusts.

As good as it gets
6 months ago

How much is the growth in Broward County?
This is also important as it’s part of the metro area

Melo is sigma and chad
6 months ago

it is because there is alot of traffic flow between the tri county area and dade to broward is the highest intra metropolitan move in the country.

Anonymous
6 months ago

I guess now we know which carrier is overcrowded and should be avoided lol!

Not Anonymous
6 months ago

It’s probably the same for the others

Anonymous
6 months ago

Glades County saw a huge data usage spike….sugar cane and tomatoes are doing large file downloads

Anonymous
6 months ago

All the illegal farm laborers with their free Obamaphones and internet.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Network usage doesn’t necessarily mean more people are moving to Miami. In fact Miami lost population from 20 to 21 much like most high cost urban areas. The network usage could point to more people working from home or staying home more.

Truth hurts
6 months ago

Who needs these big companies, blogs and surveyors when we got mr anonymous over here. He has the answers everyone

Truth hurts
6 months ago

All the answers with no credibility or accountability

Anonymous
6 months ago

look up us census figures and school enrollments and even rental moving truck data… like you told him, truth hurts, and you yourself will be hurt by the real numbers and not cheerleader hype

Jesse
6 months ago

I’m not sure where you got that Miami lost population. Every source I’ve read is that Miami and the Miami metropolitan has been growing since the pandemic. Here are two sources backing up the claim…

https://worldpopulationreview.com/us-cities/miami-fl-population

https://www.macrotrends.net/cities/23064/miami/population

Anonymous
6 months ago

Interesting piece – thanks TNM!!

Anonymous
6 months ago

The Henry is coming to BCC, nice.

Melo is sigma and chad
6 months ago

AT&T is still better

FatArbondiga
6 months ago

So much hate here. If you don’t like Miami go back

Anonymous
6 months ago

We are here to stay and get a say!

Anonymous
6 months ago

⬆️ I’m from Miami and I wouldn’t have it any other way😉

Evan
6 months ago

Curious what else is driving that surge. Obviously population growth is major factor, but population hasn’t grown anywhere near 364%, so why would usage grow that much

Anonymous
6 months ago

People working remotely use more internet than the regular users?

Anonymous
6 months ago

Helps explain why the service is so slow and poor.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Right because what you really need is Verizon to tell you that folks are moving – never mind actual real estate data or traditional utilities connections.

ParkingHater
6 months ago

btw, there are basically 3 types of 5g

long range basically current LTE speed

medium range pretty fast speed

mmWave line of sight but stupid fast

MyName
6 months ago

Stop moving to Florida — go way …

Anonymous
6 months ago

go way?

Truth hurts
6 months ago

So that must be why my T-Mobile connection has been crappy lately… I need them to follow suit.

Sean1the1
6 months ago

I think at&t has been Having the same problems my data isn’t as quick as it used to be.

John
6 months ago

We need affordable houses for the locals. Miamians hates all new yorkers whoch moved down here.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Fuck that. Send the Cubanos back and keep the New Yorkers

Anonymous
6 months ago

Fuck that AND fuck you.

Anonymous
6 months ago

Verizon users = poor people

Anonymous
6 months ago

Verizon > Everything else

Anonymous
6 months ago

It’s better than T Mobile, that’s it.