Save the interweb! Save the interweb! Shout
it from the rooftops. Now is the time for all good men to come to
the aid of their internet. <Mass Panic Ensues>
If you know nothing about Net Neutrality
please go read about it at
Here is a small clip from YouTube® of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)'s
point of view on Net Neutrality.
Here is a small clip from YouTube® of the
Daily Show Recap of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)'s point of view on
As Jon Stewart says Sen. Ted Stevens you
don't know jack about how computers or the internet works. What
makes it even worse is that you and people just as ignorant are
writing legislation for the internet.
You can download an MP3 of Ted Stevens
whole speech here.
(Right click, Save As)
In his speech Ted Stevens makes an argument
that telcoms are footing the bill for building faster and
faster connections. This is false. The cost ultimately falls to
current and future customers. Bad business models are bad business
models. Let them fail.
Another argument Ted Stevens makes is that
companies like NetFlix® will start using the internet to
directly deliver content to their customers. He states that the
delivery charge goes from the cost of postage to free. This is false.
NetFlix® pays for their bandwidth. The customer pays for their
bandwidth. Both party's bills are directly proportional to their
I pay $50 a month for a 6Mbit down cable
connection. If I choose use 100% of my connection I am well within
my right to do so. Most ISPs have a Fair Use Policy. If my ISP
decides they do not like me using 100% of my connection for a whole
month, they will cancel my service. Should they be allowed to sell
service they do not intend their customers to use is another topic.
Just for the sake of argument lets say I pay for a business
connection. $350 a month for 1.5Mbit connection. Now I am allowed to
use 100% of my connection without my ISP canceling my service.
Notice how as my usage went up so did my bill?