Hodejo1 writes: "In December of 1996, just before we broke for the holidays, the platform was completed and Mazur's lecture was uploaded in ahead of the planned January release of the book", wrote Richard Menta on the launch of the Guest Lecture Series. Working at the time for Simon and Schuster's college text book subsidiary Prentice Hall, Menta sent the first video lectures over the internet. At a time when most people accessed the Net through slow 14.4 modems, many college students had broadband access through their universities, making the delivery of bandwidth heavy video for education practical. "On-demand lecture streams would be provided as a free supplement to the textbooks they supported, giving those textbooks an additional competitive advantage in the marketplace". The article includes a clip from that very first lecture, which featured Harvard Physicist Dr Eric Mazur.