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Texas Community College Bans

Associated Press News Wire (
Sun, 23 Apr 2006 16:56:47 -0500

Del Mar College students now have to use computers outside the
school's system if they want to visit the popular Web site

The community college has blocked the site in response to complaints
about sluggish Internet speed on campus computers.

An investigation found that heavy traffic at was eating up
too much bandwidth, said August Alfonso, the school's chief of
information and technology. Forty percent of daily Internet traffic at
the college involved the site, he said.

"This was more about us being able to offer Web-based instruction, and was slowing everything down," President Carlos Garcia
said. -- a social networking hub with more 72 million members --
allow users to post searchable profiles that can include photos of
themselves and such details as where they live and what music they

Paul Martinez, 20, is a frequent visitor to and finds the
site to be addictive. Restricting access to the site could be a good
idea, he said.

"The library is pretty much full with people on MySpace, and with them
banning it you won't have anything to distract you," he said.

Some though, disagree with Del Mar College's decision.

"We pay for school and the resources that are used," said Zeke Santos,
20. "It's our choice, we're the ones paying for our classes. If we
pass or fail, it's up to us."

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press.

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