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The desire to own more and more tech gadgets means that the demand for bandwidth is as strong as ever.  And one of the places where people are demanding it the most is on college / university campuses.  How many of you, when deciding where to study, factored in wireless Internet access?   I know some people who did. They turned down excellent university places, simply because the wireless Internet speed on campus wasn’t fast enough.  The desire to always be online, to be able to check email and Facebook, seemed to vastly outweigh the positive factors.

And college bandwidth may not be fast enough because the colleges and universities themselves may be throttling the speeds.  According to our infographic today, 19% of schools limit bandwidth to mobile and network devices, while 27% cap the number of devices a student can connect to the network at once with.  The two main devices who are the worst offenders?  You guessed it – tablets and smartphones.

Are you a student who based your choice of school on Internet availability on campus?  In your opinion, do schools need to vastly improve their wireless networks to entice more students to apply?

Infographic Source: www.onlinecolleges.net
Image Source: Yutaka Tsutano

  1. Vampie C.
    August 8, 2012 at 7:23 am

    It looks like a logic choice to use a tablet in college.
    Read papers and PDF syllabuses, while taking notes in the classic books.

    A portable would make too much noise while typing on it.

  2. Robert Farmer
    August 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I do not understand the "Largest Bandwidth Consumers" portion. What does the % mean because there is a lot more then 100% there?

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