US universities are cracking down on the amount of bandwidth their students can have, in a bid to stop them clogging up networks with large downloads.
According to Associated Press reports, universities are limiting the capacity on the circuits that parcel data packets to halls of residence during the day, when faculty and staff are on campus.
The idea is to give administrators enough network capacity to keep the campus running.
A spokeswoman for Buffalo State College, one of the universities limiting capacity, said that its administrators then expanded the network pipes connecting the rest of the campus to dorms in the evening, when students are most likely to be sharing files with each other over the internet.
A spokesman for Packeteer, which sells the line-provisioning technology, said about 600 American colleges and universities have signed up and are now using the PacketShaper program. Another 140 programs are also being used in elementary and high schools nationwide.
Another 140 programs are also being used in elementary and high schools across the US, he said.
But one security expert warned that being too hard on the students could lead them to work out a way to widen the pipes.
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