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Colorado governor expected to sign net neutrality bill

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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) is expected to sign net neutrality legislation that bans internet service providers from getting taxpayer money in Colorado if they slow down internet access or unfairly speed up certain websites.

The legislation passed the state’s House and Senate chambers along strict party lines according to the Denver Post.

The newspaper reported that Polis supports the legislation, which will now head to his desk.

{mosads}The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in December 2017 to repeal net neutrality protections, which require internet service providers to treat all websites the same and prevent them from blocking or favoring certain content. 

The Post noted that the legislation approved by Colorado lawmakers can’t reverse the FCC decision but prevents companies from receiving state money if they don’t follow net neutrality rules.

“If you receive taxpayer dollars to go out to rural Colorado and deploy broadband infrastructure, then the state has the authority and the obligation to say that infrastructure is going to be used to treat everyone the same, because you are using state dollars,” state Sen. Kerry Donovan (D), a sponsor of the bill, reportedly told a state Senate committee.

Republican said they opposed the legislation because they were not in favor of mandates from the state, the Post reported.

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