Skype Sucking Bandwidth on Campuses

October 3, 2006

  Founded in 2002, the free internet-based long-distance service Skype has tripled in the past year to 113 million users, many of them university and college students. But campus administrations are concerned about a feature of the software that can turn a user’s computer into a relay station for other users, bypassing security and consuming university bandwidth exponentially. Several universities have enacted policies discouraging the use of Skype, while others have negotiated satisfactory arrangements with eBay, Skype’s owners. (See the article at http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/09/29/skype )