Cornell students, along with students across the world, rely on the internet to pursue their academics, independent research, and leisure activity. We should not be subjected to charges for our internet usage, particularly because our curriculums mandate we use the internet. Despite this, Cornell University continues to adopt NUBB (Network Usage-Based Billing), which charges students for exceeding the 50 gigabye per month "allowance".
While 50 gigabytes is plenty, many students exceed this allowance by watching movies on Netflix or chatting with their family and friends on Skype. Furthermore, there shouldn't even be an internet threshold--regardless of the amount of our monthly allowance. The idea of charging students based on how much they use the internet is baseless, and although it may provide for extra income for the University, it hurts our wallets.
The rising cost of education makes it increasingly difficult for students to take on extra expenses. Internet usage is free in virtually every college and university in the country, and it's also free among all 7 other institutions in the Ivy League. Cornell students cannot play victim to arbitrary costs any longer.
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.
If Cornell was situated in a major metropolitan area with a vast nightlife that could accomodate the interests of most, if not all, our undergraduates, then many Cornellians wouldn't be so inclined to stay in their rooms and get on the internet. But that's not the case. Cornell's greek life dominates the social scene, making "nightlife" a dividing factor in the community.
Free online services, like Skype, are made expensive by NUBB. Should we want to communicate with our loved ones back home via Skype, we would be charged fees simply because Skype uses a lot of bandwith. Such charges are unacceptable, and we demand that Cornell eliminate NUBB.
With a pricetag $57,000 per year, Cornell University should give it's students unlimited internet usage.