Purdue blocks multiple streaming services in some campus lecture halls

Purdue has blocked major streaming services from some of its biggest lecture halls on campus.

Posted: Sep 10, 2018 10:45 PM
Updated: Sep 10, 2018 10:47 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue has blocked major streaming services from some of its biggest lecture halls on campus.

This is after four months of gathering data and analysis concluded that students were clogging the broadband network.

The pilot program blocks services such as Netflix, Hulu and Steam.

The initiative started this semester and is active in lecture halls with more than 100 students.

Lilly Hall, Wetherill Hall, Electrical Engineering and the Class of 1950 lecture hall have disabled Purdue's wifi for those streaming sites.

The Chief Information Officer Gerry McCartney says this isn't a punishment for students, rather a way to clear up space.

"It has a serious impact on either cost or performance, so you know we'd rather deal with the cost control here then say gosh you can still do these things just please just do them in the classroom," said McCartney.

The program will be used for 10 weeks.

And if all goes well, it will be expanded into other classrooms around campus.

According to McCartney, Purdue is the only university to have this measure in place.

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