Dial-up Internet customers are now outnumbered by high-speed customers in the U.S. This should begin to heavily influence public policy. Without the need to support a networking system that supports dial-up access, the need for a phone system with traditional switching systems (the whole reason a dial was invented in the first place), starts going away. What the high-speed Internet needs now is its own lobby of customers, the equivalent of an AARP. Out of 63 million Americans, you'd think such a lobby could be started! UPDATE: Tip 'o the hat to Ross Rader for pointing out that my original link to this story was "wonky" ... does that mean messed up now? ... and upon further research, I can't find the original story I read. Maybe something on MediaDailyNews? At any rate, this comment on Ross' blog provided me with an updated link that actually adds some ambiguity to the report, just for good measure.