Capitol Connection Streams Obama’s Presidential Announcement

Posted: February 13, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Now starting its 26th year in business, Mason’s Capitol Connection was an early pioneer in the business of streaming audio and video over the Internet. Although its primary revenues still derive from its wireless cable television operations, nearly a third of its income now comes from Internet television services.

Clients that have purchased streaming services from Capitol Connection include the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Academy of Clinical Oncologists and many others.

Most recently, the Capitol Connection had the contract to encode for Internet streaming worldwide Sen. Barack Obama’s Feb. 10 announcement that he would be running for president of the United States.

Live television coverage of the senator’s announcement from the steps of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., was sent via satellite to the Capitol Connection’s downlink on George Mason’s Fairfax Campus. It was then sent via fiber optic cable to Capitol Connection computers on Kelley Drive in Fairfax, where it was encoded in various formats and sent out for live streaming over the Internet.

The Capitol Connection worked with Soapbox Inc., a technology services company based in Virginia, to provide the streaming video production for Obama. Chris Metsala, webcast manager at Capitol Connection, was formerly with Soapbox, and many staffers on the Soapbox team are Mason alumni as well.

Other Capitol Connection staff members involved in Saturday’s production were Shirley Al-Jarani, Bill Price, Kevin Slaughter, Kirk Tatem, Tuan Nguyen and Julia Morelli.

Capitol Connection’s executive director, Michael Kelley, hopes to attract more Internet television business from the various presidential hopefuls in both political parties.

For more information, contact Kelley at 703-993-3100 or Morelli at 703-993-3101.

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