Some colleges and universities might have to spend up to half a million dollars to comply with new federal rules aimed at controlling illegal peer-to-peer file sharing on campuses, according to a study by the Campus Computing Project.

The regulations were included in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and passed by Congress in July. The law asks colleges and universities to implement network administration technologies that deter illegal peer-to-peer file sharing. These technologies can include bandwidth shaping, traffic monitoring to identify the largest bandwidth users, or products designed to reduce or block illegal file sharing, according to the legislation.


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