Wednesday, July 05, 2006

The internet, explained

Comments by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), attempting to describe the internet:

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

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The regulatory approach is wrong. Your approach is regulatory in the sense that it says "No one can charge anyone for massively invading this world of the internet". No, I'm not finished. I want people to understand my position, I'm not going to take a lot of time.

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.

(As excerpted on Daily Kos.)

3 comments:

Tommy O said...

That is awesome. TUBES!!!

Oh, he's filling tubes with "enormous amounts of material." You'd think that a senator would do some research before opening his fat mouth, wait, no you wouldn't.

Always remember when on using the tube to mind the gap.

Ryan said...

I'm crying right now and not from laughing hard.

Ryan

CrimeNotes said...

Why, Ryan? Because you finally got the answer to why the internet you sent took so long to arrive?