Game has restarted.
I redid the game. The only difference is that I switched the order for Morgan and University (mmontgomery and FriendlyFire have the same local time). Everything else is the same, including starting locations.
I verified that University (mmontgomery) could choose Planetary Networks as its free pick in 2101.
Looking at the tech choices, it still seems that Mart's report that there are missing techs in the first choice is correct. All of the human players were affected. (For competitive reasons, I am not going to list which techs are missing from which players.)
Since mmontgomery specifically pointed out planetary networks and since he can now choose it, I am not going to attempt to fix a known problem that Mart says has no solution.
If someone else can't pick the first tech they want, I propose that we use Mart's solution, where I pre-select the tech when I set the passwords.
I saw mmontgomery's post above after I had already posted the revised game in the TTT. If you choose not to use the revised game, let me know and I will amend the post to avoid confusion.