Should Expensive Colleges Have Bandwidth Caps?

A new petition cycling through the halls of Cornell is raising the question in many people’s minds – with the exorbitant amount  of money paid for a traditional college education, especially an Ivy League one, should internet bandwidth restrictions still be applied to students living on campus?

Sophomore Cristina Lara thinks that for over $50 grand a year spent on tuition you should be allotted more than the current 50 gigs a month.  “With a pricetag $57,000 per year, Cornell University should give it’s students unlimited internet usage.”

Especially since the college is located practically in the middle of nowhere (according to Cristina) and that for many students, herself included, internet is more of an ‘anti-drug.’

“If Cornell was situated in a major metropolitan area with a vast nightlife that could accommodate(sic)  the interests of most, if not all, our undergraduates, then many Cornellians wouldn’t be so inclined to stay in their rooms and get on the internet…While some students opt to partake in drug-related pastimes, other students stay in and watch movies, talk on Skype or iChat, or even just surf the web. We should not be penalized for this.”

Granted, as many have pointed out, in order to run up a 50 gig plus bandwidth you’d have to be doing some serious internetting - the equivalent of one continuous 2.3 month long Skype call. But still, with apparently pretty “heavy” fees for any overconsumption  – do these colleges really need to make dorm room life that much more expensive? Even if only the rarest of rare cases goes over their arbitrary limits?

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