sounds to me like there is a software in place here,,, one person could not "actively" monitor the amount of data transmission,,
I think they put this stuff in place to ensure that bandwidth is being constantly released,,,
thus ensuring the continued movement of data across the LAN and that no one starts complaining,,
this is simple network management,, software solution I would bet ,, with rules in place,,
Although ,, in windows 2k, I know you are able to monitor connections to your pc,,and have the option to disconnect,, but for that to happen across the LAN would mean that the majority of the users have win2k,,,somehow ,, I cant see that logistic happening, unless the pc was supplied by the university,,
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