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Roberts Confirmation Hearing to be Webcast

Political news junkies and others interested in next week's Senate hearings on the nomination of John Roberts to be Supreme Court Justice won't need a television or radio to tune in.

Limelight Networks is working with public TV channel KCET to videostream the hearings live over the Web. You can view the proceedings at KCET.org.

Limelight bills itself as the leading content delivery network for Internet distribution of video, music, games and downloads. It's 400 customers include Akimbo, ABC Radio Networks, DreamWorks, Live365 and Real Networks Rhapsody.

"We built a network from the ground up with a fiber backbone we own and operate and proprietary caching software," Lou Greco, senior director of sales at Limelight told internetnews.com. "It's designed for these kind of [video and multimedia]transmissions, it's not a data network."

The Tempe, Ariz.-based company offers an advanced content-delivery network used by media companies around the world to provide high-performance delivery of media content and software via the Internet.

Several tech experts were slated to testify when Roberts was first nominated as Associate Justice replacing Sandra Day O'Connor. It's not known if the list of witnesses will change now that Roberts has been nominated to head the Court, following the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

One witness is Christopher Yoo, a professor at Vanderbilt Law School, who has taught copyright law, intellectual property law, mass media law, and telecommunications law. He has also written extensively about network neutrality. He previously worked at Hogan & Hartson, which was Roberts' firm.

Another witness is Patricia Bellia, a professor at Notre Dame Law School, who teaches Internet law and electronic surveillance law. She previously worked in the DOJ's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) during the Clinton administration, where she worked on high-tech crime issues.

Another witness is Catherine Stetson, a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of the law firm of Hogan & Hartson. She worked for Roberts on appellate litigation. Her experience includes patent appeals. She worked with Roberts on Litton Systems v. Honeywell.

Roy Mark contributed to this story.