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Bronx Science Bans Cellphones From Wi-Fi as Students Devour It

When the New York City Education Department lifted a long-held ban on cellphones in school buildings last year, it acquiesced to the omnipresent reality of technology in daily life.

But the change also unleashed tens of thousands of smartphones in the hands of teenagers, eager to gobble away at the nearest Wi-Fi connection like so many hungry termites, eating up their schools’ bandwidth with YouTube streams, Snapchat exchanges and the like. That can leave little capacity for teachers to use the Internet for actual instruction.