From presidential candidates to local mayors, policymakers and politicians have declared expanding high-speed broadband access a national priority. Despite this near-universal support, affordable broadband is far from universally available.
While not every fight ended in a win for Internet users, 2015 was a year when millions of advocates defied the conventional wisdom that tech policymaking was an arcane and secretive world limited to a small circle of insiders.
Appropriations bills are meant to determine funding for government agencies. But members of Congress have increasingly used these must-pass spending bills to sneak in controversial riders that might not survive an actual debate.