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This is just one part of the debate over 'Net Neutrality'. But one argument the telcoms make against Net Neutrality, actually their main argument vis a vis consumers, is that they need these extra fees to build out the next generation of super-slick new mega-internets that will leave today's internets in the dust. There are various answers to this question. But one point to keep in mind is that with every new big telecom bill the telcos promise all sorts of new stuff. And their record is, in a word, terrible.

So what the telcoms want is a whole new class of customers (all websites, basically) they can extract fees from. And the rationale is because they'll build all this new stuff. But they've said stuff like this many times. And usually they don't follow through.

We've still got 48 members of the senate down on our tally list with no known position on Net Neutrality. Take a look. If you've got more info, let us know. And as long as we're on the subject here, McCain's the key guy. If he comes out in support of Net Neutrality -- or to be more specific, strong Net Neutrality provisions in the new bill, that will really matter.

From the briefing today ...

QUESTION: Tony, American deaths in Iraq have reached 2,500. Is there any response or reaction from the President on that?

SNOW: It's a number. And every time there's one of these 500 benchmarks, people want something.

The president would like the war to be over now. Everybody would like the war to be over now. And the one thing that we saw in Iraq this week is further testimony to the quality of the men and the women who are doing that, and the dedication and determination to try to ensure that the people of Iraq really do live in a free, effective democracy of their own creation and design.

Any president who goes through a time of war feels very deeply the responsibility for sending men and women into harm's way and feels very deeply the pain that the families feel. And this president is no different.

You've seen it many times. You saw it. You saw it when he was in that ballroom. You had this crowd of service men and women who were cheering loudly for the president, and he got choked up.

So it's always a sad benchmark.

That's a pretty rockin' rest stop.

Paul Kiel did a little checking on that highway 'rest stop' where Majority Leader John Boehner hit the jackpost on that slot machine. Here are the details.

Okay, this may resolve the Sanders issue.

According to The Hotline, despite the fact that Bernie Sanders runs as an independent, he was endorsed by the Vermont Democratic party. That presumably settles the matter of the DSCC's public support for him.

Ahh, the new doctrine of preemption. Biden on Net Neutrality ...

Others on the committee questioned the need for "preemptive" action against a problem they're not convinced exists. If the discrimination that Net neutrality advocates fear does occur, such a public outcry will develop that "the chairman will be required to hold this meeting in this largest room in the Capitol, and there will be lines wandering all the way down to the White House," said Delaware Democrat Joseph Biden.

And from profiles in courage department of the same article ...

[Arlen] Specter, for one, indicated that he would prefer looking at the issue on a "case-by-case" basis rather than issuing a "general rule" about what network operators can and cannot do--an approach favored by Internet companies. He said it may be more productive to negotiate less formal "standards" for network access with the players involved because writing new laws is "extraordinarily difficult, candidly, when you have the giants on both sides of these issues."

Just a lil' ole' senator.

Truly, isn't this the worst of all worlds from any sort of reasonable efficient markets and predictability perspective? Having Congress come in on a "case-by-case" basis to judge the various ways in which the telcoms might choose to block, degrade or extract fees for various kinds of online content?