October 28, 2008
Sen. Ted "the Tubes" Stevens Guilty
Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) has been found guilty on seven felony counts in a District of Columbia court. Stevens was best known to the tech community for his opposition to Net Neutrality provisions. In his attempt to explain how the Internet works, Stevens compared the 'Net to a "series of tubes". At the time of his description, Stevens was the chair of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, a committee that holds a great deal of power over how the US government regulates the Internet.
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? 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." Sen Ted Stevens, R-AlaskaStevens has vowed to continue in his bid for reelection to the US Senate, a race most believe he lost when convicted.