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The Senate Commerce Committee
Many of you may have been seeing the stuff about the US senator referring to the internet as a series of tubes. He is Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), head of the Senate Commerce Committee. This is another example of how we have ignorant people who have no idea what they are in charge of.

Here are the actual details of what he said: (I'll cut the boring parts but I am going to leave the good stuff visible)

Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) explained why he voted against the amendment and gave an amazing primer on how the internet works.


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 is now 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.

We aren't earning anything by going on that internet. Now I'm not saying you have to or you want to discrimnate against those people [¿]

The regulatory approach is wrong. Your approach is regulatory in the sense that it says "No one can charge anyone for massively invading this world of the internet". No, I'm not finished. I want people to understand my position, I'm not going to take a lot of time. [¿]



They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck.

It's a series of tubes.

And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

Now we have a separate Department of Defense internet now, did you know that?

Do you know why?

Because they have to have theirs delivered immediately. They can't afford getting delayed by other people.

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Now I think these people are arguing whether they should be able to dump all that stuff on the internet ought to consider if they should develop a system themselves.

Maybe there is a place for a commercial net but it's not using what consumers use every day.

It's not using the messaging service that is essential to small businesses, to our operation of families.

The whole concept is that we should not go into this until someone shows that there is something that has been done that really is a viloation of net neutraility that hits you and me.



Actual audio of this can be found here: http://media.publicknowledge.org/stevens-on-nn.mp3

And the funny part, at one point during this guys rant the other members try to top him, probably because they knew he had no clue what he was talking about.
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cocogrrl From: cocogrrl Date: August 13th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

LOL!

This dude has nothing on Al Gore who claimed that he invented the internet. If the internet is made of tubes, according to him, I'd like his opinion of what televisions and telephones are made of.

I'm amazed that someone like him actually has a job. Meanwhile, while I'm now officially underemployed, I'm still searching for a well-paying job.
darkman424 From: darkman424 Date: August 14th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: LOL!

Well, good luck in the job search.
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