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Snowe Puts Brakes on Toll Lanes on Internet (Los Angeles Times) Tue Sep 05, 2006 at 10:05:39

Jim Puzzanghera writes about Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe and her role in protecting the Internet.

"Olympia J. Snowe is an unlikely Internet heroine.

"The 59-year-old Republican senator from Maine isn't among the 170 Capitol Hill lawmakers who occasionally meet as part of the Congressional Internet Caucus. Her home state has no major technology company headquarters. In fact, she cops to not even being proficient at surfing the Web.

"But Snowe has emerged as one of the key leaders in a legislative battle over toll lanes on the Internet. ...

"Without new regulations, she fears that phone and cable executives would create an Internet class system. Wealthy companies would pay to send video and other data-heavy applications on the Internet's fast lane, she said, while start-ups would be relegated to something that resonates with a lifelong Maine resident — an online dirt road."

It's well worth the read at LATimes.com.