Sen. Stevens and Net Neutrality

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It’s scary when the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation-the committee with oversight of telecommunications, the committee that is addressing the Net neutrality question-displays a remarkable degree of ignorance about the nature of the Net itself.

If you haven’t listened to Rob Walch’s Podcast411 interview with Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alasaka), it’s an eye-opener (well, at least an ear-opener).

The folks over at “The Bold Headed Broadcast” have done a mashup of some of Stevens’ remarks to highlight the senator’s failure to grasp the nature of the Net. Interestingly, when a MySpace user posted the video to his site, MySpace cancelled the account. According to Wired News, the site owner, Andrew Raff, finds MySpace’s action “a foreshadowing of the kind of repression of speech that could become commonplace if phone companies prevail in their efforts to create a two-tiered internet.” (The account was later reinstated.)

Fortunately, nobody at YouTube has yanked the video. Here it is.

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Shel Holtz is principal of Holtz Communication + Technology which focuses on helping organizations apply online communication capabilities to their strategic organizational communications.

As a professional communicator, Shel also writes the blog a shel of my former self.

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