On day net neutrality died, Colorado lawmakers put extra nail in coffin
The Denver Post
A Republican-led state Senate panel rejected a net neutrality bill late Monday, the same day the Federal Communications Commission repealed protections for an open internet.
The state-level measure attempted to disqualify internet service providers from receiving grants from a broadband program if they manipulated access and speed based on content. The measure also would have required governments contracting for service to give preference to providers who certified allegiance to open-internet standards.
“It uses the nexus of state support to protect the idea … of free internet,” said Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail.
The 3-2 party-line vote to kill House Bill 1312 came after representatives for cable companies and major technology companies voiced opposition to the measure because it was over-regulation. The FCC repealed the rule effective Monday but some provisions remain in place pending more review and lawsuits.
“We believe the best approach is to find a federal solution,” said Matt Wendel, a lobbyist for the Colorado Technology Association.
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