If Senators Aren't Going To Understand Tech, Can They At Least Be Consistent?
from the this-is-a-surprise? dept
Of course, you can sort of understand what he's trying to say. In fact, as you read his explanation, you can probably back into what someone told him, and how his brain reinterpreted it into what he said. So, despite the folks using this as additional evidence that Congress doesn't get it, that's somewhat pointless. We already know that many members of Congress have no clue what they're talking about when it comes to technology. Instead, why not just use the good Senator's own actions and statements against himself. In that link above, he talks about why government regulation of the internet is a bad thing: "The regulatory approach is wrong," are his exact words. If that's the case, why was the exact same Senator so damn eager to regulate all aspects of cable TV last year, saying that the FCC needs to crack down on cable indecency -- even though the law is pretty clear that the FCC has no jurisdiction over privately built cable lines? Once again, it seems we've caught Senator Ted Stevens contradicting himself. It's one thing not to understand the basic technology that you're trying to regulate (or not). But, is it so much to ask that the good Senator try to be internally consistent on whether or not regulating these networks is good or bad?