How are K students spending their afternoons and evenings when not working? Hulu seems to be the most likely answer. But episodes that never seem to load and the commercials that take ten minutes to play are a result of insufficient bandwidth, or data transmission rate, for many digital-aged K College students.
To fulfill the growing Internet usage on campus, the school signed a new contract to double its current bandwidth for spring quarter.
Last fall Chair of IS Committee of the Student Commission Daniel Pohanka K’12, and Co-Chair of IS Committee of the Student Commission Colin Lennox K’14, “brought the issue of a need to increase the bandwidth to the attention of the Information Service Advisory Committee,” wrote Pohanka. He said they did so because “[s]everal student comments have been made about the, in their opinion, unsatisfactorily bandwidth.”
Greg Diment, the Associate Provost for Information Services, said over e-mail, “we are increasing our bandwidth significantly over spring break” after noticing an “ever increasing demand for bandwidth, especially over the last year or so.”
Currently at 50 megabits per second for the entire campus, the new contract will expand the bandwidth to 100 megabits per second just for students alone. This will more than double students’ current bandwidth.
Though the frustrations of Hulu-watching, or spending hours on Portal trying to load course schedules will ease with increased bandwidth, the school “will continue to monitor the traffic after the new bandwidth is put in place,” wrote Diment. The change “will take place during spring break, so students will notice the increase when they return for spring quarter.”