TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: Texas Community College Bans

Re: Texas Community College Bans

Charles Newman (
24 Apr 2006 15:30:26 -0700

Associated Press News Wire wrote:

> 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
> like.

> 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.

And that can be circumvented using a proxy server outside the
college. Just use an open proxy outside the college network and access
MySpace that way. They will know that you went to the proxy, but where
you went BEYOND that proxy, they will not know about.

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