Elections may set record for Internet viewing
Tomorrow's US congressional elections may lead to a landslide of Internet traffic.
Akamai Technologies Inc., the Cambridge company that delivers bulk Internet data for major businesses, said that viewership of Internet election news videos could break the record set earlier this year by the World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa.
During a visit to London, Akamai chief executive Paul Sagan told Bloomberg News that his company reached a peak of 1.5 million simultaneous video streams during the international World Cup soccer competition.
Sagan said that viewership of election news could well equal or exceed that amount. If so, the Internet audience for the 2010 election would surpass the 2009 turnout for the inauguration of President Obama -- at the time, the most-watched event in Internet history.