Large events gobble up huge amounts of data- and the recent Republican convention did not disappoint. Convention politicos want to share pictures and stream video during the event, which causes a huge jump in data usage. The first convention has Verizon reporting 28.5 TB of data use in Cleveland and AT&T reports 9.4 TB of data, enough for millions of photos and countless hours of footage1. But this was just the Republican convention. Get ready, carriers, because the Millennials are coming to Philly. The young Democrats will descend upon their convention, ready to stream, snap, and share.
Live feeds from the floor are on the rise after the first night, as Facebookers yearn to be part of the progressive action. Instagrams with politicians and founding father puns flood out of the convention center as politically active, young Millennials revel in their first or second national election experience.
Citizens attending either convention are especially excited to participate, and the young demographic expresses excitement through social connection and propagation of experiences. The statistically older attendees of the Republican convention used massive amounts of data, and I expect the addition of young voters at the ongoing Democratic event to make even more us of the Internet.
The wireless infrastructure at these conventions must be phenomenal. We’ll see what the millennials think about the experience once all of this is over. And you can be sure that we’ll be discussing it using our smart phones over Social Media.