Someone send ME an internet, please!
So in the losing battle for net neutrality and saving the beautiful anarchy we’ve enjoyed for a decade and a bit, the winning quotes come from the guy who makes the decisions. Senator Ted Stevens is a senator (hence the Senator in front of his name) out of Alaska, and happens to be the “Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation”. This is the group that also controls telecom and IP in the US from a legislative standpoint.
Before I go any further…credit where it’s due: Alec Saunders pointed me to this first and linked to Jeff Pulver’s comments on it. I’m a day or two late writing on it, but hey…i don’t write this blog for the reporting accolades, really.
So the man that is the chairman of this fine organization comes out with a couple of humdingers in his corporately purchased bid to kill the internet as we know it. First he says “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.” Huh? Cool…now that he got the internet, he can control the billions of dollars that flow through his internet. Except…later he says “We’re using the Internet for personal communication. We’re not using it for commercial purposes.” So I guess those billions of dollars aren’t real. Someone tell the porno companies!
I dunno about anyone else, but the thought that someone this misinformed actually chairs the committee that makes decisions about things like the internet scares the crap out of me. Now, I’m not American, so Senator Stevens’ comments don’t affect me directly immediately, but let’s face it…what the US does Canada normally follows with. And eventually the rest of the free world. So how does a guy who doesn’t know his proverbial bootay from the proverbial hole in the ground become the decision maker for all that’s related to that hole in the ground? And another question…how did he come across his information? Did someone from a lobby group have a mis-education session with him? Anyways…ARGGG!
Check out Jeff’s and Alex’s blogs for more snippets of this brilliant man’s speech.