Former president Bill Clinton is speaking at the university’s Zellerbach Hall at 3:30 p.m. today. Tickets were restricted to UC Berkeley students, staff and faculty, but sold out nearly instantly. So, if you’re interested in what the former president may say about Global Citizenship: Turning Good Intentions into Positive Action, you’ll naturally want to watch the webcast.

Good luck with that. The webcast will only be made available to 2,000 concurrent viewers. If the demand for tickets is any indication, the webcast will be swamped with excess demand. After 5 p.m. on Friday, the talk will be available at the UC Berkeley webcast site, on YouTube and on iTunes. Is there any reason for today’s restriction apart from bandwidth?

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Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...