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The people regulating the Internet have no concept how it works

Since Al Gore invented the Internet, I’m surprised he didn’t take the time to explain how it works to Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska. After all, the man is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee. Stevens recently had this to say in regards to why he voted against Net Neutrality:

I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why?

Read the entire rambling, disjointed commentary here. I am not necessarily a fan of using legislation to try and ensure that ISPs don’t play favorites when it comes to delivering your bits and bytes over the wire. One reason is that I’m suspicious of Net Neutrality is that most of “our representatives” in government have zero clue when it comes to understanding what it is they are actually voting for at any given time. Net Neutrality as a concept is great. Net Neutrality as a piece of legislation is dicey. I’m scared for the future.

That thar Internetchamacallit needs regulatin’ doncha know? Otherwise the tubes might get fouled up, and we all knows that would be real badlike.

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Don Cox
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Gore never claimed to have “invented the Internet”. what he did invent, or create, was a budgetary heading which made it possible for the Internet to be developed. Without that money, it would not have happened, or not until years later.

Don’t underestimate the importance of that kind of political-financial work. It is not enough to have good technical ideas. Somebody has to find the money.

Trevor
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I realize Al Gore played a role in legislatively encourgaging the growth of telecommunications technology Don.

I was just poking fun at politicians in general.

Al Gore has made fun of himself on this issue on national talk shows, so I don’t think I’m breaking any new ground.

You are right, I should give credit where credit is due. The money that funded the first vestiges of the Internet informaiton superhighway came from the American taxpayers, and was funneled by Al Gore towards the development of MOSAIC.

Cheryl Friend
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I think Mr. Stevens must have had a contact buzz when he made these comments.

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