To date, there has been much consensus among the nation's leading civil rights organizations regarding how to best position minority communities to benefit from, and contribute to, the world's new Internet-based society.
Net neutrality could end up, for instance, forcing rural and underserved communities to subsidize tech-heavy urban elites. Subsidizing the very top percentage or two of Internet users on the backs of the rest of us is not a policy that will help connect urban or rural Americans not yet online.
It's a rarity in Washington to see a communications bill that actually serves the public. But a bill Sen. Jay Rockefeller introduced last week is a direct challenge to the communications cabal that controls much of our media in the United States.
The Internet plays a vital role for enabling individuals and communities both rural and urban to reach their full God-given potential. Our focus should be on policies that will deliver opportunity to those that lack it and not on fixing something that is not broken.
However important the SOPA victory was in 2012, its lasting significance depends on how well the diverse coalition holds together in these and other fights -- and against business as usual in Washington.
A newspaper, a magazine and a cable wire coming into your house are all owned by private entrepreneurs. And the First Amendment guarantees that the government can't tell private people how they can speak.
This is not a matter of anything Verizon cannot do. This is a matter of what Verizon will not do. And that is what makes this a violation of FCC regulations and Verizon's assurances.
Verizon wants to control your online experience and make the Internet more like cable TV, where your remote offers only the illusion of choice.
If we've learned anything during the Summer of Snowden, it's that corporations and governments alone can't be trusted to be good stewards of the Internet. We need media policies that protect our privacy and promote access to open networks.
More work needs to be done to truly maximize the benefits of technology by paying more attention to America's "digital divide" and the ways in which we can work to bridge it.
Imagine how broadband customers who pay separately for satellite television feel being swept up into this spat. CBS is perpetrating an audacious violation of the FCC Open Internet ("net neutrality") rules.
As CBS and Time Warner Cable remain locked in a three-week battle over retransmission fees, you have to wonder when their millions of viewers will throw in the towel and abandon cable altogether.
Wasn't Google supposed to be different? The company literally markets Google Fiber as "a different kind of Internet." "Everyone else does it" isn't much of an excuse. If Google is such an innovator, why can't it innovate its terms of service?
Increasingly, the NSA story has been linked with Big Data and to the extent this development makes netizens more reluctant to engage in online activity, that is a concern that needs to be addressed.
Many in the public interest community see Wheeler's insider status as more of a minus than a plus. Wheeler's confirmation hearing in the Senate today is the nominee's best chance to prove these skeptics wrong.
As a consummate industry insider and elite rainmaker, it's really no surprise that Wheeler is getting this job. More surprising perhaps is that so many people with public interest bona fides seem to think he's such a good choice.