One of the most consistent technology problems that modern librarians face is inadequate bandwidth. As more and more users utilize more bandwidth-intensive services on the Internet, connectivity speed goes down for everyone on the network.
Those of us who tried to watch the inauguration today on the Internet saw firsthand that the problem doesn't only apply to libraries or cash-strapped organizations. As the New York Times promptly reported, news sites like CNN and MSNBC were jammed with users attempting to watch their streaming video coverage. Despite the fact that these networks had been planning their online coverage far in advance, timeouts, slow connections and interrupted streams were all too common for those watching online.