SENATOR TED STEVENS, when explaining why he voted against Net Neutrality, gave a stand-up tutorial on how the personal internet works. He was part of a Senate Commerce Committee deadlocked position on an amendment inserting some very basic net neutrality provisions into a moving telecommunications bill. The provisins didn't prohibit an ISP from handling VOIP faster than emails, but would have made it illegal to handle its own VOIP packets faster than a competitor's. In this excerpt, Stevens explains how the amendment would have hurt the personal 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. [....] They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck. It's a series of tubes."
Picture of Ted Stevens, his wife and a panda from John Walkenbach.
Ryan Singel -- "Your Own Personal Internet"
Educast 60 -- "A Series of Tubes"