To the uninitiated, bringing Fairness to the public airwaves -- radio and TV -- is a no-brainer. But to Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh, bringing back the "Fairness Doctrine" could be a call to arms.
Beyond the politics, partisanship and power struggles that exist in Washington today, I do believe we can reach an agreement that will benefit communities that all too often have no voice in the broadband/net neutrality debate.
This is the issue that should be commanding the attention, money, and energy of stakeholders across the sector: ensuring that as many people as possible are able to access, adopt and effectively use broadband.
I appreciate the occasional well-meaning attempts to find sanitized alternative terms that preserve some of the flavor of the old standards, but sometimes there's just no replacement for le f-mot juste.
The fate of the open Internet now rests in the hands of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The chairman just needs to muster the courage to do right by the millions of Internet users who demand an Internet of, for, and by the people.
Free Press' tactics aren't helpful. As a Democrat, I truly believe that Free Press could be an important progressive voice at the table on how technology can contribute to putting Americans back to work.
The FCC chairman has to recognize the firm hand he holds in having two commissioners supporting him and recognize as well that if political forces want to reverse his decision, so be it. That shouldn't stop him from doing what's best for the American people.
It's not too late to turn things around for net neutrality. And Julius Genachowski's legacy as chair of the FCC -- either as a champion of openness or as a toothless bureaucrat -- rests on what he does now.
The whole point of the Internet is that customers choose what they want to do online, and companies, which offer services and features, have the opportunity to supply them. It is not a cable system; it is the "sacred Internet."