Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) said this morning that it has been selected as the official media and technology provider for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week. It's a major coup in the 'politcal vertical', but of course this almost an encore performance, as four years ago out in Denver Level 3 did the same thing for Obama and crew.
They'll be providing both Vyvx broadcasting and CDN services from all three convention locations: the Time Warner Cable Arena, the Bank of America Stadium, and the Charlotte Convention Center. There will also be dark fiber services and events monitoring and support as part of the new agreement.
There will be 35,000 highly connected people there, and tens of millions watching from afar - although probably not as many as four years ago when Obama was the challenger rather than the incumbent. It's hard to get interested in the politics this year, they're all transparent and the stories are boring.
But technologically, four years is a lifetime in this business and hence the network and data requirements are surely much different this time around, and with the iPhone/iPad/Android I wonder if there won't be an awful lot of bits streaming out of and then right back into each of those venues.
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