iOS 7 came to campuses like a total fuckin' buzzkill ALE agent this weekend, crashing multiple college WiFi networks and even prompting several university IT departments to beg students not to download the software update. Ohio University seemed to weather the iOS 7 wave the worst—according to the student paper The Post, campus-wide Internet problems led to the IT department being forced to go building-by-building, fixing the Internet throughout Wednesday afternoon. Marshall University saw Internet usage "go through the roof," too; with wireless preparations made in 2011 the only thing stopping a total shutdown.
NYU and Abilene Christian University also saw crashes.
Attn ACU students: stop downloading ios7 to all 9 of your devices for a sec so I can use the Internet. Pls? I need to watch breaking bad.— Mathew Solomon (@Mateo_solomon) September 18, 2013
Of course, it's a little ridiculous that any of these schools were forced to ask students not to download an update that was very publically announced months ago. A university's wireless Internet can't crash. It's more important now than any physical classroom, and, within five years, will probably be more important than a library. As lectures gravitate online, and coursework becomes digital, university networks are going to be under more and more strain in the coming years.
So yeah, fix your shit, NYU, ACU, et al. Thousands of bros need to stream Game of Thrones uninterrupted next year.
[H/T: Business Insider]