Saturday, July 01, 2006


"Net neutrality" continues to befuddle most consumers of information. But at least most of them understand the internet.

Not so Ted Stevens, the senior senator from Alaska, who voted against an amendment "inserting some very basic net neutrality provisions into a moving telecommunications bill," according to Wired. Stevens explained his vote, and what he understands about the internet:
There's one company now you can sign up and you can get a movie delivered to your house daily by delivery service. Okay. And currently it comes to your house, it gets put in the mail box when you get home and you change your order but you pay for that, right.

But this service isn't going to go through the internet and what you do is you just go to a place on the internet and you order your movie and guess what you can order ten of them delivered to you and the delivery charge is free.

Ten of them streaming across that internet and what happens to your own personal internet?

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially.

So you want to talk about the consumer? Let's talk about you and me. We use this internet to communicate and we aren't using it for commercial purposes.
The audio is here. Damned tangled internet.


marcus alrealius alrightus said...

And I thought our 2 Republican senators were worthless.

Rev.Vapor said...

It's good to know qualified people have been elected to take care of problems with our tangled internet. It's good to know they know WHAT THE F*@#$ they are talking about... comforting... damn morons.

The Libertarian Guy said...

Ted Stevens is the same moron of "Bridge to Nowhere" fame, and he also wants the FCC to have broadcast-standard powers over satellite radio and TV.

Clearly, the man's been dropped on his head... and just recently, too, not just as a child.