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On politicians and the internet, redux

It is pretty clear that politicians don’t get the net. They listen to whatever their big donors telcos tell them, but they squawk more like parakeets than African Grays.

Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) may have just proven he’s the most clueless of them all.

“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?”

Ok, Ted.

I own Hans Gullickson an apology for berating him over his misunderstanding. It paled in comparison.

***UPDATE***

The case for a “tubular diet” compliments of Meryl Yourish.

Dollar broadband for all!

As part of a rallying cry for unity, and to save the U.S. from falling behind in global technological advancement, politicians are now promising cheap broadband for all.

As Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) put it:

America lags behind other countries that have universal broadband deployment; but the Democrats’ agenda “guarantees” that every American will have affordable access to broadband within five years.

This is obviously a dream come true for the guy who “took the initative in creating the internet.”

I’m all for cheaper broadband, and I agree completely with Ms. Pelosi’s view on competitiveness. But I just have to ask: how is anyone going to get cooperation from the guys who are still looking for MORE money?