In approving the resolution to nullify the FCC's open Internet rules, Republican members in the House show that they don't care if big companies impose unfavorable conditions on start-ups and entrepreneurs.
At first blush, net neutrality seems an unlikely contender as a model for consensus-building in our nation's capital, one that takes into account not just the views of politicians, but of all stakeholders.
The FCC has spent the past nine months dancing around key issues, trying to find a way to please the big carriers and their in-house politicians, rather than trying to be forthright with the correct policy that would most benefit the economy.
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.
There was a time not long ago when it was easy to believe that Google was a different kind of company -- one that considered the public good as well as the bottom line in making decisions. My, how a week changes things.
While the news media have been obsessed by the lack of bipartisanship in Washington, one story they have missed is how corporate campaign contributions have united the parties to work against an open Internet.