This is very sad, but the people who make very important decisions about technology (ie. net neutrality) often don’t even have a faintest idea about how that technology works. Senator Ted Stevens has such a hazy idea what exactly is internet that it is laughable.
I can sometimes understand the fact that people choose to remain clueless about technology. It’s kindoff like the problem with gaining weight. I’m really not into sports, and I like to eat junk food, and sweets – so I do get a bit overweight. I know I should exercise, and diet but most of the time I usually really don’t feel like it. Loosing weight is a painful chore – but hey, it’s either that, or being fat.
I can imagine that people have a similar attitude towards technology. Some people simply do not like to learn new things. As a result, they become dumb and ignorant as the world passes them by. They probably know they should catch up with all the technology but they are to lazy to do it – so they choose to remain in the blissful state of ignorance.
The main difference is that being fat carries a social stigma so overweight people have good incentive to shed pounds. Being technologically clueless is not stigmatized (yet) and in some circles it is actually viewed as a favorable trait (as in “not geeky”).
But is it acceptable to have techno-idiots passing legislation that will completely change the way internet works? Hell no! It is like putting a morbidly obese dude charge of weight watchers. It makes no sense!