In case you didn't know, our Internet access here is the good old US of A is pretty feeble compared with the rest of the world. Considering DARPA started the frikkin' thing, it's unsettling to realize we now rank around 29th in the world for Internet speed. Twenty-ninth?? David Cay Johnston goes over the depressing stats in a new book. His main issue is that the major communication companies are lobbying the heck out of Washington for sweet deals and no-one seems to care.