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6Jul/060

Senator Ted Stevens Needs to Go

Senator Ted StevensSenator Stevens is a prime example of why term-limits make sense. While I take issue with all of his pork projects benefiting Alaska (i.e. $453 million to build two bridges instead of post-Katrina support), the disgust in this post is directed toward his utter lack of technical knowledge and obvious role as mouthpiece for telecom companies everywhere.

The man doesn't know what he is talking about, yet this is the man is spear-heading the anti-net-neutrality movement. The man just sounds senile trying to explain how the internet works. Funny (and sad) quotes from his 10-minute speech against net-neutrality (taken from a recent Dvorak column):

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 it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

Wow. If a seven-year-old said something like this it would probably be cute (though I would wager any self-respecting elementary school student already knows more about the internet than Stevens).

Senator Stevens is claiming that we, as consumers, are getting a free ride on the internet (hey jackass, what am I paying $20/month for?). He also supports allowing telecommunication companies to ask content providers to pay more money just to ensure that their packets aren't delayed. Someone get this man out of office!

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