Monday, July 03, 2006

Net Neutrality: We're Screwed

The Ted Stevens quote is everywhere. In case you haven't read it yet I will post it for you. While you read it keep in mind that this guy is in charge of crafting the bill that will control the internet, among other things.

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 isn’t going to go through the interent 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….

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….

I can picture some of you sitting in your chairs dumbfounded by this. Can you imagine someone in charge of anything with such a loose grasp of the facts surrounding that topic? How many others in Washington have no idea what they're talking about? (This is a rhetorical question, but feel free to elaborate in the comments!)

I first saw this on the front page of
DailyKos and then found a post by Christy Hardin Smith at FireDogLake.

This issue has come up here and we've urged action a couple of different times. If you haven't called/faxed or written your senator or congressperson,
NOW is the time to act.


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