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One of the UK's top broadband suppliers has lifted the lid on the huge broadband surge experienced during the inauguration of US president Barack Obama.

Millions of people watched on their televisions and online as Obama became the first African-American president after taking his oath on Tuesday (January 20th).

Now a report from ISP PlusNet has shown that the number of people attempting to watch the events from Washington DC on the BBC iPlayer caused the service to crash.

According to PlusNet Products Director Neil Armstrong: "The fact that the inauguration happened during working hours indicates that a lot of people without TVs accessed the transmission on the web from their offices.

"The internet played a big part in this election and it's only natural that people turned to it for coverage of history in the making."

Figures from November last year showed another example of 'Obamamania', with PlusNet's broadband traffic tripling during the Democrats' election victory.

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