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Commentary on Ted Stevens

It seems the dismay over Senator Ted Stevens’ idiotic comments about the Internet last week has reached a critical mass. Here are a few of the best items I’ve seen, outside of the usual VoIP suspects. 

John Dvorak: “It’s too obvious that this man has no idea what the Internet is exactly and no idea about the issues behind Net neutrality. It seems like a miracle that he can even find the crapper.”  Digg.

Ed Kohler, Technology Evangelist: “Is this how the lobbyists from Bell South, Verizon, and AT&T explained network neutrality to Sen. Stevens? What do they have to gain from working with technically incompetent senators?” Digg.

Via Boing Boing: the official “The Internet is a Series of Tubes” t-shirt design.  Digg.

Tech Dirt: “The regulatory approach is wrong,” are his exact words. If that’s the case, why was the exact same Senator so damn eager to regulate all aspects of cable TV last year, saying that the FCC needs to crack down on cable indecency — even though the law is pretty clear that the FCC has no jurisdiction over privately built cable lines? Once again, it seems we’ve caught Senator Ted Stevens contradicting himself. It’s one thing not to understand the basic technology that you’re trying to regulate (or not). But, is it so much to ask that the good Senator try to be internally consistent on whether or not regulating these networks is good or bad? Digg.

The Angry Man: “This is my ultimatum to Alaska. Get rid of Ted Stevens as your Senator, or we’re kicking you out of the union. I know I don’t have the power to do this (I wish I did though), but if I did, I would give you away for free to Canada.”  Ummm… tell you what, we’ll swap you Svend Robinson… Digg.  

The Daily Kos: “The internet is a gerbil…” Digg.

People everywhere are outraged that this clueless idiot has managed to insinuate himself into the process of “reforming” communications. And, to all my American friends, best of luck.  Like it or not, you’ve just become part of the political process. 

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