Not Just Third World Nations Banning Skype; Universities Get On Board Too
from the bad-policies dept
It looks like it's not just third world countries with government-backed telephone monopolies to protect that are banning VoIP. Some universities are getting in on the game as well. San Jose State University, just down the road from Skype's parent company eBay, has apparently decided to block all Skype use on campus. The reasoning isn't entirely clear, as school administrators say that it's because Skype's peer-to-peer nature effectively allows others to use the on-campus network -- though the same could be said of any peer-to-peer application, and hardly seems like a reasonable explanation for the outright ban. A more likely explanation probably has something to do with whatever contracts the university has with its telecom provider -- who doesn't like the idea of being undercut. In the case of San Jose State, it looks like outrage from both professors and students (as well as a pending visit from eBay) has caused the university to hold off on the ban for now.