With audio and video streaming leading the way, Internet traffic in North America grew substantially in the first half of 2013, according to a report by networking equipment company Sandvine. In North America, average monthly usage--combining uploading and downloading--grew about 39% to 44.7 gigabytes from 32.1 GB a year earlier. Median monthly fixed-access usage nearly doubled to 18.2 GB from 10.3 GB, suggesting the heaviest Internet users have increased their usage at a greater rate than all others.

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