Apr 23, 2006 10:56 AM (ET)
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) – Del Mar College students now have to use
computers outside the school’s system if they want to visit the
The community college has blocked the site in response to complaints
sluggish Internet speed on campus computers.
An investigation found that heavy traffic at MySpace.com was eating up
much bandwidth, said August Alfonso, the school’s chief of information
technology. Forty percent of daily Internet traffic at the college
the site, he said.
“This was more about us being able to offer Web-based instruction, and
MySpace.com was slowing everything down,” President Carlos Garcia
MySpace.com – a social networking hub with more 72 million members –
users to post searchable profiles that can include photos of
such details as where they live and what music they like.
Paul Martinez, 20, is a frequent visitor to MySpace.com and finds the
to be addictive. Restricting access to the site could be a good idea,
“The library is pretty much full with people on MySpace, and with them
banning it you won’t have anything to distract you,” he said.
Some though, disagree with Del Mar College’s decision.
“We pay for school and the resources that are used,” said Zeke Santos,
“It’s our choice, we’re the ones paying for our classes. If we pass or
fail, it’s up to us.”