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How will your IT department handle March Madness 2009 streaming?

CBSSports.com will once again offer online streaming of every game of the first two rounds of the NCAA Basketball Tournament on March 19 and 20. How will IT handle the extra traffic load and the potential for lost worker productivity? Take our poll.

CBSSports.com (a sister site of TechRepublic) will once again offer online streaming of every game of the first two rounds of the NCAA Basketball Tournament on March 19 and 20. Since the games start around noon Eastern time both days, there will be a lot of employees watching from their desks at work. Alternatively, there's also a new March Madness iPhone application that allows smartphone users to stream games, scores, and brackets over Wi-Fi.

March Madness can put significant strain on corporate bandwidth and result in lost worker productivity. In some cases, companies have policies prohibiting this type of thing, and IT ends up having to help enforce those policies through the use of various technologies.

Since March Madness is so popular throughout the U.S. and puts corporate Internet usage policies to such a stern test, we want to know how your company and your IT department will be handling it this year.

About Jason Hiner

Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

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