Carey has a hot new Ted Stevens bon mot, gleaned from his liveblogging of the Senate Commerce Committee Hearing On Number Portability, coming from the same crazy-old-man-stratosphere as his infamous “series of tubes” remark.
- 10:56: OMG, Stevens is back and better than ever!
10:57: Stevens: “Let me be just the Devil’s Advocate here. Could I just decide I want to keep my wireline and I want to add wireless to it? Can I have two providers on the same number?”
Awkward pause: “Um, I don’t think that technology exists right now.”
Stevens: “If I had an IP phone, by definition, I’d have to leave the wire… wireline phone to use it?”
Answer: “I think that is the case with the technology today.”
Stevens: “Is it coming? Why shouldn’t I be able to say, just by a little switch on my phone at home that’s wired, I’m going off on the wireless now, I want to use this as I ride my motorcycle.”
Stevens: “I’m bad. Pardon me.”
We think Ted is talking about being able to use voip, landline, and wireless, all with the same number, and, presumably, even different providers, which would actually be pretty cool. Almost as cool as riding a fatback hog down the information supertubeway.