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Cristina Lara, Cornell Student, Writes Petition Against School's Bandwidth Cap

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A Cornell University student is tremendously unhappy about the internet bandwidth cap the university has had in place for the past decade. Cristina Lara started a petition against the policy, which charges students for going over requisite 50 gigabites. So far more than 270 students have signed to show their support.

Lara protested limiting the internet, especially with the school's hefty tuition (more than $50,000 per year).

Her argument also dwelled on the social implications of the bandwidth cap.

Cornell students in particular face a great deal of stress, and one of our outlets is to "surf the web", read the news, watch movies, and make online purchases. By charging us for our internet usage, the Cornell University administration hinders our ability--and our willingness--to use the internet for recreational purposes.

According to IvyGate, it would take 2.3 months of continuous Skype calling to go over the bandwidth cap.

Though we must note it's nice to see someone protesting something these days.

What do you think? Are you with Lara or against her? What did you protest in college?

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this articles stated that the 50-gigabyte limit had been in place for a decade. The limit itself has been in place for a decade, but was only recently raised to 50 gigabytes.