Nine in 10 IT decision makers who responded to a March 2012 ACUTA survey of 249 U.S. campuses said tablets were likely to consume the most bandwidth in coming years.

This has prompted 19 percent of schools in the ACUTA survey to impose restrictions on the number of mobile devices a single student can connect to the campus’s network.

Instituting strict limitations on how much broadband a student can consume has brought significant savings to some schools in recent years. The University of Washington first put the brakes on students’ bandwidth usage in 2002, when the school saved more than $1 million by instituting the rules.

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