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Broadband Map Tops 150 Million Hits In First Day

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(Editor's note: the following story has been corrected; see below)

WASHINGTON February 23, 2011 - The federal government's national broadband map web site received more than 150 million hits and more than 1,000 requests per second in its first day live, according to usage data released on Friday.

The broadband map was created and maintained by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Commerce Department, in collaboration with the Federal Communications Commission, and in partnership with all the states and territories.


The site provides data on availability, speed, technology type and coverage collected by the national telecommunications information administration during its mapping effort.  Users downloaded 863 GB of data during the first day.

According to a release by the FCC, the site had some technical difficulties, but the team in charge of the website intends to add more servers and memory to improve site performance. The team also plans to improve the software that runs the site by working with outside partners, though the FCC did not specify potential partners. The map utilizes open-source software which is available free of charge.

Maps and gallery data on the site are best viewed in Firefox and Chrome, according to information provided by the FCC.

(The National Broadband Map is available at: )

(A previous version of this story incorrectly characterized the agency responsible for the national broadband map. The map was created and maintained by the NTIA, in collaboration with the FCC.)

Rahul Gaitonde has been writing for since the fall of 2009, and in May of 2010 he became Deputy Editor. He was a fellow at George Mason University’s Long Term Governance Project, a researcher at the International Center for Applied Studies in Information Technology and worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. He holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University, where his research focused on the economic and social benefits of broadband expansion. He has written extensively about Universal Service Fund reform, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Broadband Data Improvement Act

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