Monday, July 03, 2006

my tubes are full

Thanks to Cory at Boing Boing for making me laugh by sharing this brilliant (or less than brilliant) quote from Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).

"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 . . . 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."

Stevens is a supporter of creating a two-tiered system -- proposed by the telecommunications industry -- that would charge commercial sites fees to enable them to reach users faster than their competitors. Yeah, he's against "net neutrality".

I don't think I explained that very well. But forgive me, I've been trying to figure out what the hell Stevens is trying to say in the full audio clip and my brain is still recovering.

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