Addicts of city politics who can't get their fixes in person or via cable can log on to the Madison City Channel website, www.mcc12.tv, where the meetings are streamed live. But during the council's Jan. 5 meeting, during which it reconsidered a vote on the Edgewater Hotel, some folks found that they were unable to connect.
"We've got people who are not having a good experience doing the streaming," notes David Faust, the city's systems and programming manager.
While the city's license with its server allows for up to 1,000 simultaneous connections, there isn't enough bandwidth for that many connections. "After about 18 simultaneous users," says Faust, "it maxes out."
This week, the Common Council introduced a proposal to upgrade its server, for a one-time fee of $25,000, to allow as many as 450 connections. "If that becomes a problem," Faust says, "it's probably a good thing." But it's hard to imagine that many political junkies.