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Hanover, New Hampshire and Norwich, Vermont created the nation's first interstate school district. Their challenge is to limit internet bandwidth usage and prevent copyright violations. The school district found the answer it needed in FlowTraq, which provides capabilities that effectively alter end-user behavior. FlowTraq alerts the IT team when an IP address exceeds the threshold for each usage pattern, hands the IP address to shell scripts, and deploys a firewall rule to throttle the bandwidth allocated to that user. FlowTraq and the traffic-shaping router provided SAU 70 was exactly what the school unit needed to manage Internet bandwidth usage as well as identify and punish bandwidth abusers.
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