Purdue University is moving to block Netflix and other popular streaming services in the classroom in an attempt to focus on academics while reducing broadband use of the university.
The Journal & Courier reports that Purdue students returning from spring break on March 18 will no longer have access to sites that consume bandwidth as Netflix, Steam and Pandora. Social networking sites will not be blocked.
The university will create designated spaces in academic buildings where students can access the broadcast sites.
Julie Kercher-Updike is the assistant director of information at the university. She says the change is "about doing it so that the transmission does not detract from academic resources"
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The university tested the filtering sites in the fall and spring that, according to officials, would reduce the pressure on the university's broadband service.