This Doesn't Bode Well: FCC Can't Figure Out Online Streaming For Its Own Meetings

from the and-they-want-to-regulate-stuff? dept

If there were any gov't body that you would hope would have a handle on basic things like online streaming of video and audio, it would be the FCC, which is supposed to be regulating communications, right? But... that's not how the government works. During yesterday's meeting, in which it announced plans to investigate the wireless industry, apparently the online stream required the use of RealPlayer (welcome to 1999) and only allowed 200 simultaneous connections. Perhaps instead of investigating the wireless carriers, the FCC should investigate its own broadband connections and streaming setup.

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    Michael Kohne, 28 Aug 2009 @ 8:00pm

    Last job...

    My last job was with a subsidiary of a company whose tagline is 'Assured Communications'. Starting soon after I arrived, we had quarterly meetings with home office. They tried 2 or 3 times and were NEVER able to get a webcast to work (this was from one location to perhaps two dozen conference rooms around the country). Eventually they gave up and distributed the powerpoint ahead of time and each conference room dialed in and put the thing on speaker. Someone locally then kept the powerpoints in sync with what the boss had to say.

    It worked very well, but I'm just saying that if people in the buisness couldn't do it, then you shouldn't expect anyone else to do it right.

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