For that moment when you're trying to access your online Zagat guide from your iPad on the National Mall, you've now been rescued. Sorta.
Washington, D.C.'s Office of the Chief Technology Officer launched a "newly improved" version of their interactive broadband map Friday, which allows users to see internet connectivity data in bright, friendly colors — part of the office's overarching goal of collecting data to help increase access.
The map includes the ability to visualize broadband themes for technology types, download/upload speeds and the number of providers within a given location. It uses the District’s Master Address Repository search tools to identify services offered at a residential and business address, or click anywhere on the map to display information for the location.
The new Broadband web map is collaborative and engages community anchor institutions around the city, public WiFi access points and surveyed results from individuals in DC. Users may print maps, share links and provide feedback with the Broadband Use Survey and Test Your Speed tools within the District of Columbia.
You'd obviously need an internet connection to view the site in the first place. Still, for the data-geeks among us, there are ample filters to keep yourself entertained, like download speeds and number of wireless providers. We immediately noticed that the White House has one of the slower download speeds on the Mall. Does that mean President Obama has to wait for YouTube to load like the rest of us?
Here's what looks like their old broadband map, still accessible here:
And here's the new one:
So they don't look all that different (although the second one is admittedly prettier), but the new filters are pretty neat.