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.

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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.


The sad thing is

Stevens' Bridge to Nowhere passes right through his pea-sized brain. He's not even smart enough to realize how ignorant he is.

Apparently, neither are

the rest of the Republicans.

It's funny, pathetic and scary all at the same time.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Bias advice

My guess is that Ted Stevens is getting his tech info from TeleCom lobbyists. Its an interesting world we live in where corporate money works against science and the universities that bring it to life. Because if they valued knowledge they'd gather real experts as their advisers instead.

These actions against Net Neutrality are politically motivated. Its a premptive strike aimed at Dems who are building grassroots internet movements against Republicans in November. Not just in November but the whole concept of Democracy in America.

If I were Ted Stevens

I wouldn't continue to look favorably on anyone making me sound that stupid.

The point is, he doesn't grasp technology. He can't explain the issue and wouldn't be able to do so even if he were on the correct side of it.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

You should be careful

not to confuse muddying the water with stupidity. Ted Stevens wants a particular outcome. Popular opinion is on the rise against that outcome. So Ted is sowing FUD. It is a common tactic, in industry as well as politics.

I am fairly confident that Stevens grasp of the issues is solid. But when the facts and popular opinion conspire against you, what else can you do if you are a Republican?

(It would be really nice if I could use contractions, but the Blue NC comment form (and only the BlueNC comment form) seems to trap apostrophes and slashes in Firefox and redirect them to my search form.)

I have the same problem

with apostrophes . . . but only when I have another site open simultaneously. It's a pain in butt.

(Along with the giant spamslime machine that hit today. Where's Lance when we need him?)

It's a firefox bug

I had recurring problems with this on a number of pages for a while, then it just stopped. This one's not my fault, though.

Bill, won't play punctuation police

but will disagree.

That's not misinformation. Usually misinformation actually sounds reasonable - something people will actually buy. Otherwise the person spouting it just sounds stupid, like Ted. What it boils down to is Ted is either stupid or he thinks we are.

Anglico - I reported a half dozen or so and then commented like crazy to get the posts to scroll off. There was a spam comment on every single post ever published on site, I think.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Not misinformation

FUD - Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. And FUD is never rational. It's all about clouding the issue and reaching out to the lizard brain.

Now's exactly the time

Time to call Senators Dole and Burr again. Call them and tell them that you read Senator Stevens presentation and that you hope the Senators won't ally themselves with someone who clearly has no idea what he's talking about.

Senator Dole, Senator Burr - please support Net Neutrality. Benjamin Franklin thanks you.

Scrutiny Hooligans -

Serious question.

Do you honestly think it makes a difference to contact Dole and Burr? Can you explain it to me?

I'm not talking about letters in general . . . I'm just singling these two out. Don't they have their minds 1000% aligned with whatever Karl Rove wants on any particular issue? Do they even consider the other view? I just don't see it. Not these two. They will go down in history as part of the Lapdog Congress.

It does make a difference

It absolutely does. It gets them on record.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

MP3 of Stevens remarks

Craig Newmark, creator of Graigs list, blogs about Stevens remarks. He linked to a Wired magazine article which in turn had a link to this MP3. (I think this is what you were quoting Southern Dem) Listen for yourself. Does it sound like FUD? or what? ;)