July 28, 2006

More on “Tubes” [8:55 am]

Senator open to TV chat about Internet “tubes” - pdf

Mocked by comedian and host of “The Daily Show” Jon Stewart for calling the Internet a bunch of tubes, U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said on Thursday he is open to appearing on the popular cable television program for a rebuttal.

The comedian has parodied the dean of the Senate Republicans for rejecting calls by some Internet companies for a law to block high-speed Internet providers from charging higher prices to carry certain content. Backers of such a law say it would preserve what they call “Net neutrality.”

[...] Stewart parodied the senator’s remarks on three episodes, which have spread over the Internet and were widely viewed on YouTube.com. He questioned Stevens’ knowledge of the Internet, and quipped, “You’re just the guy in charge of regulation.”

[...] One congressional aide said the show had explained the controversial Net neutrality issue “better than any corporate lobbyist or policymaker I know.”

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