Federal Communications Commission

First 24 hours

February 22nd, 2011 by Michael Byrne - Geographic Information Officer

The launch of the National Broadband Map marks the beginning of a promising new venture: empowering consumers, researchers, policy-makers, and developers to truly understand what broadband means in America.

This idea — a powerful way to navigate huge troves of data to increase transparency and understanding — drove the production of the map. In building the map, our team had a hunch that there would be a hunger for a tool that served up this level of detail and information. The talented designers, web architects, and geospatial pros kept that in mind throughout the entire building process.

When the map went live yesterday, the response was astounding, with the number of requests to the website averaging more than 1,000 per second! Below is just a short list of the metrics we observed on our first day;

  • Total hits yesterday: 158,123,884
  • Hits served by cache: 141,068,348 (89.21%)
  • Total Bytes Transferred: 863GB
  • Peak Requests per Second: 8,970
  • Average Requests per Second: 1,095
  • Visits in the first 10 hours: over 500,000

This phenomenal response shows that the investment of time, energy, and — not least of all — Congressional funds were well worth it. The National Broadband Map clearly has a market of interest, and we’re extremely proud to see that market being well served.

With this kind of traffic, we are tripling efforts to serve you better. The team has been working round the clock to make infrastructure enhancements to the site. These enhancements include horizontal scaling of servers, adding more memory and more caching to the maps, tuning the map server architecture with the software developers for the map, and working with outside partners to help with the application. We are also working to resolve known browser issues with the map. Most features of the website can be viewed in any browser, but the maps in the gallery are best viewed with Firefox and Chrome. You can help identify and solve these issues through feedback.

I can’t wait to keep making the National Broadband Map better, particularly because I know that feedback, new ideas, and innovation around the map will be driving that process.

[Cross-posted from the National Broadband Map Blog.]

4 Responses to “First 24 hours”

  1. anon Guest says:

    So, The map says I can get both TWC And AT&T. Guess what, neither have services on my location. I contacted both and TWC doesnt even have plans bringing it down anytime soon (they are less then a mile away) and AT&T has been telling me for years that they are working to service my area and when I look at this map and see all the lies, it ticks me off. When are you actually going to see who provides services down streets and such? Its 2011, We are way behind other countries in this broadband game. Use the Universal Service Funds to deploy broadband and make accountable of the companies who takes money from this fund. And if companies use money to deploy broadband to unserved areas, Have them put no caps. After all caps is just another way to make more money for the company and gives the consumer a less bang for their buck. Last thought, keep them accountable. If they take money, they must use it to deploy, not to line their pocket with cash.

    Sorry for the rant but im just tried waiting for broadband. FYI satellite is a joke.

  2. Guest says:

    I check my Address in Phelan, CA it says I can get 50-100Mbps internet from Verizon which would be FiOS but I checked on the Verizon Site I get this FiOS is not available at your location. I live by a Fiber line that runs along the railroad tracks and I live right by the Fiber line but I can't get anything but Dial-up and 3G internet.

  3. Guest says:

    I checked my address (Boulder Creek Road in Camas, WA) on the map which indicated that Comcast should serve my area. I called Comcast and was told they do not. I called Comcast, Quest, and Verizon, but none service my area. I only live 10 miles out, wired high speed internet is 4 miles from my house and this is a pretty densly populated area so there really is no excuse for us not being served. Its very frustrating for those of us who live out here and your broadband map over representing broadband coverage doesn't help us any.

  4. Guest says:

    I checked my address in San Antonio, TX and it says I can get Cable and DSL. Well guess what, I can get neither. Errors like these will never get me some kind of HSI. Thanks alot.

    PS, these captchas are very annoying, cant even read them.

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