Thursday, May 10, 2012

Why government shouldn't be allowed to regulate anything

OK, so that's a bit of hyperbole.  But this was then Sen. Ted Stevens, who was chair of the committee overseeing the debate on net neutrality, describing the nature of the internet.  

I think I could've done a better job on live national TV, in boxer-briefs, after a liter of Jack Daniels.  


Ten movies streaming across that, 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. I got it yesterday [Tuesday]. 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 that you just dump something on. It's not a big 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.
Maybe it's just me, but I could also see Caribou Sr. describing the internet in similar terms. Can you see it? Right after the "I got it yesterday," just imagine the dismissive hand wave and the look out of the corner of his eyes, lips pursed. Kindred spirits, those two.

2 comments:

dark commenteer said...

Freaking great.

Actually sounds like what almost every conversation at the cabin must seem like to an outsider...

Fredo said...

"an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday."

pissing my pants.

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