2. VoIP Restrictions on the University Network

University regulations regarding peer-to-peer technology have been revised (18 June 2010). The University IT regulations now state:

"Use of file-sharing technology and participation in distributed file-sharing networks may be subject to additional regulation and restriction in order to prevent excessive use of university network resources, or the use of those resources for purposes unconnected with the University. If a user has any reason to suppose that an application employs peer-to-peer (p2p) or other file-sharing technology, they should seek the advice of the IT officer responsible for the college or departmental network on which they propose to use the software."

However, this does not mean that you can use any peer-to-peer application regardless. The use of peer-to-peer software/services may be restricted by local policies within individual colleges and departments. Some colleges and departments may operate a relatively lax policy, others may be extremely restrictive. Different policies may apply to wired and wireless networks owing to the differing bandwidth available. Local policy may forbid certain software or network usage irrespective of whether it uses peer-to-peer technology; You should check your own unit's policy in this area before using any peer-to-peer product or service.

This document cannot describe policies within individual units. It is each user's responsibility to ensure that they comply with any local regulations as well as University-wide rules; in the event of any queries they should ask their local IT staff.

The ICT rules regarding peer-to-peer technology are on the ICT web site.

The next few sections list some VoIP products and services whose use is currently permitted on the Oxford University network.

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