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So you want to keep the Internet neutral and outside the realm of private interests, eh? Well in that case, good luck raising the $137 billion needed by 2010. Because that's how much the Nemertes Research Group says needs to be invested in new Internet capacity to keep the Internet from crashing under the weight of new video and other Web content over the next two years. Goddamn YouTube and blogs!

It's going to cost $42 billion to $55 billion to keep up with North American demand alone, the research firm said. Maybe net-neutrality advocates — those who say the government should regulate how Internet service providers profit from their wires — will foot the bill. Anybody got's number?

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