This isn't unusual.
I remember (seemingly back in the dark ages) having a debate with an academic about the truly awful state of UK university networking (at the time JANET was strictly X.25 and forbade IP traffic, the tools were terrible, the writing already had been on the wall for a couple of years that IP was the future, but this lot had a severe case of 'not invented here' syndrome and were pushing hard for an ISO-OSI model network instead of the "anarchy" of TCP/IP, think all the X.something standards designed by committee). He blustered "well JANET is an academic network for academics".
I wondered aloud where the academics and their wonderful X.25 network would be if there were no students (who needed to use the network to actually find stuff out, learn things, and get things done - normally through a painful and very restrictive and incredibly slow off-site gateway to the real internet - instead of pontificating in some ivory tower)
Fortunately a few months after this debate JANET finally admitted that TCP/IP wouldn't break the network, and as soon as they allowed IP, IP traffic handily exceeded X.25 traffic immediately. Computer science departments gladly and with great relief threw out all the "coloured book" standards and forgot about them.