Archive for July 19th, 2006

The Internet Is A Series Of Tubes

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Laws affecting Internet neutrality have been for a while now. It essentially boils down to whether or not those companies (i.e. the telecos and cable companies) who provide the fat pipes through which everyone gets their internet access, can favor delivery of some content over other content. That type of a delivery scheme would have an obvious negative effect on "the little guy" by unlevelleing the playing field, as it were. Here’s a between and .

By restricting the dissemination of information, such laws would have an obvious deletarious effect on democracy itself, as well. It’s important. That’s why it is also so important that the people in charge of passing laws that affect the Internet have a sound grasp of the technology itself.

Republican Senator , Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is not one of those people. He recently gave a much and that likened the Internet to a series of tubes.  The speech demonstrates a breathtakingg and frightening misunderstanding of . The ‘s hilariously lampoons Senator Stevens’ ignorance (from movieman21 at ):

As if to demonstrate the dangers of allowing powerful corporations to control the distribution of content online, , complete with his own satirical song. The user infringed no copyrights on his page and apparently not run afoul of any user agreements. MySpace did reinstate the after their actions became public.

is, of course, ‘s , which, as a major media company, has an obvious stake in being able to favor it’s own content, such as that found on , over that of its competitors.