Senator Stevens is a Hero
SAN JOSE, CA – So, there is a lot of chatter about Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) talking about the issue of net neutrality and the internet as a “series of tubes.” Those who do not know him are saying that he is out of touch, when, in reality, he simply misused a commonly used description for the Internet, i.e. “a series of pipes.”Jon Stewart of Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” has done a few pieces on Senator Stevens, including this one: . Stevens is certainly positioned as an out-of-touch Senator “messing” with technology and policy that he doesn’t undertand, but those who know Senator Stevens know that this is very far from the truth. He is one of the most thoughtful and passionate members of Congress there is. Without his vision and service to this nation, many of our fellow US citizens would not have phone service and, hence, the precursor to the buildout of the Internet through modems and now DSL. In my estimation, his advocacy for universal service is clearly one of the main reasons that the Internet is reaching all corners of the United States. Without his passion and foresight, many of those on the web that are bashing him as out of touch would not have web access. There’s the true irony…and, of course, the beauty of the Internet…all wrapped into one.