In the aftermath of the attacks, the BBC homepage bandwidth was hitting 11.1Gb/s, not including the 3Gb/s on the news page which was being handled almost entirely by the Akamai cache. The front page was changed to include public service information:
Compare this to the ITV and Channel4 websites at the time. Sure, they’re not funded by public money, why should they try to help? I’d like to see their web stats. This is why the BBC is the greatest media institution in the world.