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Quit sucking up all the bandwidth, dude!

The report out this week on Procter & Gamble's decision to block access to bandwidth sucking sites such as Netflix and Pandora really cracked me up. (See CNN: A new reason to stay off the Web at work.) I don't know why P&G's decision is newsworthy. Everyone is trying to address this issue. Last year, a client and I were discussing some network performance issues. In evaluating response times across their network, they identified heavy bandwidth users and the sites they hit most - and it was all non-work related. The individual utilizing the most bandwidth viewed tens of thousands of YouTube videos in a matter of weeks. So while an employee on Facebook and Twitter may be inhibiting their own productivity, the dude streaming media is slowing the operations for thousands of colleagues and/or end customers. That's a real problem.

I have maintained for years that the advent of the internet and the increasing ubiquity of mobile technology would blur the lines between our professional and personal lives. Most of the time, it's a good thing. This time? Not so much.