Internet "series of tubes" senator indicted

Federal indictment charges Alaska's Ted Stevens with lying in corruption probe.

You can look this one up on the "tubes."

"You see, there are these tubes out there..." Ted Stevens Web site

Alaska Senator Ted Stevens was indicted today for making false statements to federal investigators.

The seven count indictment charges Stevens, a Republican, with lying on his Senate financial forms.

The Senate's longest-serving member, Stevens became an Internet celebrity a couple of summers ago after an audio of his "The Internet is a series of tubes" speech to the Senate Commerce Committee wended its way round the Web.

He made the comment during a debate on Net neutrality when he was still the chairman of the Senate Commerce committee. Stevens had been a critic of extensive Net neutrality mandates. At the time, he accused proponents of a Congressional bill of "imposing a heavy-handed regulation before there's a demonstrated need."

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