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Purdue officials consider policy limiting campus Wi-Fi

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels is debating whether the school needs a policy limiting the campus's Wi-Fi. This comes after a study shows students mostly use it for gaming sites, music and videos.

Posted: Mar. 15, 2018 9:31 PM
Updated: Mar. 15, 2018 10:42 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue University President Mitch Daniels is debating whether the school needs a policy limiting the campus's Wi-Fi. This comes after a study shows students mostly use it for gaming sites, music and videos.

"If our Wi-Fi doesn't work fast enough or isn't even available at certain times, it's not because our people don't know how to run a Wi-Fi network it's because there is this massive server in demand," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

Daniels said students use a large amount of broadband during class time usually for non-academic sites. A study shows students are using the network for gaming sites, streamed music and videos.

"It's costing a lot of money trying to keep up with this," said Daniels. "We've doubled our spending. There's no end in sight."

Student Diane Aloisio said she doesn't personally use Wi-Fi in class, but she sees dozens of her classmates using it.

"Lots of Facebook, some YouTube, some Netflix and it was distracting," said Aloisio. "I'm kind of stuck in the mud, an old fuddy duddy. I don't approve of that."

Other Purdue students said they don't agree.

"It doesn't make any sense because most people have data on their phones so I don't think it's going to stop people from using internet in class anyway," said Maathangi Ganesh.

Daniels said one way their considering regulating it is by cutting off Wi-Fi access in larger classrooms except to certain academic sites.

"I don't think it should be allowed to sit too long because faculty and student and certainly the folks who try to run our Wi-Fi network all agree where we are now has some real problems," said Daniels. 

Daniels said he hopes to have a solution by next year.

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