Five agencies soup up their Web sites to load fast

Five agencies soup up their Web sites to load fast

Five federal sites were among the fastest-loading on the Web this month, according to benchmarker Keynote Systems Inc. of San Mateo, Calif. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' main page loaded in less than half a second. Sites run by the FBI, the Supreme Court, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Library of Congress were just slightly slower, all taking less than a second to pop up.

The FBI site has been among the fastest on the Web for almost a year, according to Keynote Systems.

The federal sites did about as well as or better than the fastest business sites: Google.com, Symantec.com and FedEx.com.

Keynote Systems' Government Internet Performance Index measures access time for 40 federal Web sites every 15 minutes, Monday through Friday from computers in 25 metropolitan areas. The index appears at www.keynote.com/company/overview/public_services/government/gov_index.

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