On the heels of the bad news earlier this week that the RIAA and giant media corporations were getting the second and third spots at the Justice Department, we get some good news: Rep. Dick Boucher (D-VA) will be the head of the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet. Rep. Boucher and Rep. Ed Markey are swapping chairmanships, with Rep. Markey getting the ostensibly more prestigious Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment. It could work out for everyone though: Rep. Markey is viewed as being more green and Rep. Boucher is viewed as more of a consumer advocate. There's a good report on Rep. Boucher's record at MediaPost.
Update: Lessig's comments on the swap: missed (and fantastic) news: Boucher and Telecommunications.