You may have read about the threat to the open Internet here on Well, it’s cry-in-the-beer time now. We’ve moved one step closer to an Internet where only the rich will get access to bandwidth. The U.S. Senate Committee for Commerce, Science and Transportation has approved a bill that will allow broadband providers to give preferential service to certain high-paying customers—leaving the rest of us in the dustbin. The bill—which opponents have vowed to filibuster—would allow telecom companies to prioritize Internet traffic according to how much the Web sites were willing to pay for access. I can’t wait for the day when I type into Google “healthy dinner choices” and the first page served is McDonald’s. —Martha Harbison