In 2006 Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens infamously described the Internet as a "series of tubes." He spoke in opposition to the concept of network neutrality, instead supporting the argument that large cable and telecommunications companies should be allowed to charge a premium to Amazon, Netflix, eBay, and other Internet businesses that require reliable Internet service. His comments quickly went "viral" and he was mocked by Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and many others. Ironically, "tubes" is not a bad metaphor for some aspects of the Internet. Experts often use "pipes" to describe connections between computers and routers, and liken different…
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