The Internet as Tubes?
by Bruce Stewart
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.
Kind of reminds one of President Bush's quote about "the internets". Do these guys have even a basic understanding of what the internet is? Well, in Senator Stevens case, I think not. He went on to say:
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.
Maybe there is a place for a commercial net but it's not using what consumers use every day.
Huh?? Please someone tell me that this is just a bad dream and this guy isn't really one of the most powerful people in charge of telecom policy in this country. Alec Saunders does a good job of discecting Stevens' "tubes" theory, and Timothy Carr of MediaCitizen asks what seems like a crucial question here:
Are we ready to entrust the future of the Internet to a law written by someone who doesn't know what the Internet is?
if you have the stomach for it, Senator Stevens' remarks can be heard in their entirety here.
Contact Senator Ted Stevens at:
When you're as powerful as Sen. Stevens, you don't need to be informed, or even very smart. It appears that fundraising ability and raw cunning are what it takes to succeed in politics. Intelligence isn't even on the list.
|This is very depressing indeed.|