The Internet: A Series of Grey Bars?

Published on July 29, 2008
by John Paczkowski

How fantastically ironic. Senator Ted “the Internet is a series of tubes” Stevens (R., Alaska) has been indicted for making “false statements.” The U.S. Justice Department alleges that Stevens accepted gifts from Veco, an oil services provider, and then used his position and office on the oil-services company’s behalf.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the Senator’s been busted for making false statements. Back in 2006, he took quite a bit of flak for this now-infamous description of the Internet.

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?

“Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Internet commercially.

“… 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 it’s going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.”

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