TCPSocket in controller action

Hi,
in order to stream a file I am making use of TCPSocket. Unfortunately I
dont receive contents when in use the tcpsocket in a rails controller
action while it is working on console.

   url = "http://www.google.de"
   version = request.env['HTTP_VERSION']
   verb = request.env['REQUEST_METHOD']
   # url = request.env['REQUEST_URI']
   puts url

   uri = URI::parse url
   to_server = TCPSocket.new(uri.host, (uri.port.nil? ? 80 : uri.port))
   puts "#{verb} #{url} #{version}\r\n"
   to_server.write("#{verb} #{url} #{version}\r\n")
   puts to_server
   puts to_server.closed?

   puts "before while"
   #THIS LOOPS TAKES TOO LONG BECAUSE to_server.gets RETURNS EMTPY
   # while s = to_server.gets
   # puts s
   # end
   puts "close"
   to_server.close

Help is appreciated.
Best, Phil

I apologize for doing this double post on stackoverflow and here. but I
didn't get a response so far.