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The Department of Residential Life has decided to cut television cable on campus starting next fall after a survey administered in February showed that not many students are using it.The survey, open to the whole residential population, showed that 56 percent of responders watched television for 30 minutes or less in a typical day and zero minutes was the most frequent response.ResLife plans on ?improving and building upon its wireless infrastructure to ensure that students have the internet capability to do both academic and social related activities on their computer,? according the survey.Inter-Residence Association president Joe Oteng said that UVM will save $200,000 by cutting cable and that it was inevitable considering how many students watch TV online or through Netflix.?Students are watching television online,? Oteng said.?While still in the initial stages, group packages for Netflix and Hulu are being looked into to provide students an alternative.? Local channels like Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS would still be available, in addition to plans of adding televisions with more channels in common rooms, Oteng said.?Watching television is a communal activity, anyway,? he said.IRA Director of Social Programing, sophomore Eric Davis said that instead of spending the money on cable, it would be better used to increase Internet bandwidth.?Instead of spending money something only a small percentage of the population uses we are going to increase bandwidth and that is something everyone can enjoy,? Davis said.First-year Scott Maynard said he would not be surprised if UVM saw an increase of students illegally streaming television shows.?The money UVM saves from getting rid of cable may end up going toward increased appeals for students who get caught pirating,? Maynard said. ?For the amount of money we pay to go this school it really bothers me when they try to cut cost like this.?All it takes is four out-of state students to pay for cable,? he said.First-year Keith Kennett said taking cable away would be unnecessary.?Cable is already wired into the buildings,? Kennett said. ?This is simply an outrage, and I do not support it at all. ?UVM has no problem wasting money elsewhere.?

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Plug pulled for campus cable