The Internet Is Made of Tubes

No matter what you think of the Net Neutrality hub-bub — an insidious plot by clueless telecoms petulantly whining because their role on the web has been denigrated to that of mere pipes, or just the free-market at work — I think we can call agree that Senator Ted Stevens’ explanation of how the internet works stops just short of making it analogous to a stopped-up men’s room toilet:

    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.

We’re a bit late at laffing at this bozo, but better late than never. I love how he refers to ‘emails’ as ‘internets’. We bet the air quotes were wagging during that speech.

Your Own Personal Internet [Wired]

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  1. What a nutjob. He must be on Comcast if it takes him a day to get an ‘internet’.

    Not only does the Dept. Of Justice have their own network, they use other providers for redundancy.

    Most companies that need no downtime, know to invest in diverse routing through multiple carriers.