There has been much written lately about the possibility that AT&T, Verizon and other Internet providers might charge Google or Vonage or LawSchool.com for bandwidth, or might otherwise restrict data providers. The "Big Boys" could pay to be on a superhighway (although they would likely pass the costs on to us, the consumers), but the average website would likely not be able to afford comparable speed. Thus, many websites would be relegated to the "slow lane" and would be at a serious competitive disadvantage.
What much of the media has missed is that Verizon is already controlling access to the Internet. The fine print of many Verizon contracts prohibits VoIP over "its" Internet connection. And PDA cellphones sold by Verizon Wireless already block the use of a Slingbox or other streaming video that Verizon has not already approved, and in which it presumably has a financial interest.
"The cover photograph in The Times Magazine on Sunday rendered colors incorrectly for the jacket, shirt and tie worn by Mark Warner, the former Virginia governor who is a possible candidate for the presidency. The jacket was charcoal, not maroon; the shirt was light blue, not pink; the tie was dark blue with stripes, not maroon. "The Times's policy rules out alteration of photographs that depict actual news scenes and, even in a contrived illustration, requires acknowledgment in a credit. In this case, the film that was used can cause colors to shift, and the processing altered them further; the change escaped notice because of a misunderstanding by the editors." [Click photo]