The Fight for a Toll-Free Internet: Colleges Worry That Telecom Companies Will Be Allowed to Favor Certain Content

The Internet is high-tech gold in the sparsely populated and isolated state of Alaska.

The technology allows Alaskans who live hundreds of miles from a University of Alaska campus to receive online instruction to become nurses, who are in short supply. It allows Eskimo tribes in rural areas to receive medical advice electronically. And it allows professors to use videoconferencing to help train early-childhood teachers.

But technology officials at the University of Alaska are