Generation gap on the information superhighway
I think what astounds me the most is not that he doesn't really know how the Internet works (because who really does? I mean, except for some of the readers of this blog and other assorted friends).
It's not that he thinks that there's something called "your own personal internet" (and he's not talking about an intranet or networking your home computers to one another).
It's not that he uses the word "internet" when he means "e-mail."
It's not that he says that the internet is made up of a series of "tubes" (the concept isn't far off, as I understand, just the word "tube" instead of "fiber optic lines" or "cable lines"--correct me if I'm wrong).
As the kids say, "Whatever." He could learn the right lingo in a few minutes if he would take the time to.
What astounds me the most is that he thinks that "We aren't earning anything by going on that internet." Speak for yourself, Senator, but a lot of people are earning something by "going on that internet."
And, of course, the overall level of ignorance--the aggregate of all of those statements--is simply amazing.
I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I thought that Senators had people who primed them with information they would need to make decisions like this. I mean, isn't that what aids and interns and whatever else are all for? To make sure that Senators have the information they need to make the decisions that they make? Even if they make the wrong ones, I would at least like to think that they know something about what they're making a decision about.
I'm so tired of finding out that things that I had some teeny tiny bit of idealism about are not true... It would be nice to be informed that something about which I am already cynical does not merit cynicism!
Me, I just figure it's great show right now, albeit an unfortunate one.
"...sent an internet..." indeed.
Thanks to Mr. RfR for pointing me to you, and thanks as well to Mr. RfR for giving a more modulated, thoughtful take than my sputtering incredulity.
Oh, and happy birthday :)
You posted a comment about this on a previous post (Senator Clinton's e-mail to me). I didn't reply at the time, because I was totally swamped. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the net neutrality debate over whether ISPs can shuttle their own content along faster than that of, say, their competitors? That is, if Verizon starts making movies (weirder things have happened), they could set it up so their movies downloaded/streamed faster than those of other content providers? Isn't this an issue of monopoly? If they did that, then by controlling both the lines and some of the content, they could unfairly shut out other content providers.
"net neutrality" is a made-up term which, like a rorshach test, has come to mean a bunch of different things. I spoke with an L.D. yesterday who had a strong opinion on the subject, but had some very wrong factual information (she believed that consumer-grade services like verizon and comcast permitted anyone to become a content provider; she's wrong - their terms of service explicitly prohibit this).
Anyway, what you're describing is the one version of the topic which actually has technical possibility - here's the flip side: there are capabilities which can be deployed which require that the source and destination be on the same network. If a provider is forced to offer only those services which can be given to other companies identically, then those capabilities will not be deployed.
Example: I can offer end-to-end service guarantees if and only if the source and destination are my customers. If either source or destination are not my customers, then their service may (note word "may" not "will") be affected by the other provider's network conditions.