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

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 “It’s
designed for these kind of 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’

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.

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