Because of the recent federal ruling to remove net neutrality protections, we may soon see “throttling” or slowing down of selected applications like Netflix or Facebook. ISPs may start …
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Because of the recent federal ruling to remove net neutrality protections, we may soon see “throttling” or slowing down of selected applications like Netflix or Facebook. ISPs may start charging additional fees if we want certain apps. This comes at a critical time for Colorado since our legislature just voted to invest in broadband across the state to make internet more accessible to all.
I recently saw Brianna Titone (D), Arvada candidate for State House, speak with Representative Chris Hansen (D) about ways to protect net neutrality in Colorado. Brianna recently earned her Masters degree in Software Development and understands the issue and its impact to average citizens. She supports a bill that Rep. Hansen sponsored earlier this year to protect net neutrality in Colorado. (Unfortunately, the bill was killed in the State Senate.) Interestingly, Phil Weiser (D), candidate for Colorado’s Attorney General, helped craft the bill. It was important to craft it in such a way as to legally “get around” the federal provision which attempts to prohibit states from implementing their own statewide protections.
I care about net neutrality because I believe every Coloradan should have equal access to to internet, regardless of their ability to pay additional fees. I think broadband service providers make enough money already. If you agree, I hope you vote this November – state elections matter – and I hope you vote for Brianna Titone (D) and Phil Weiser (D) who will support net neutrality and who have the expertise to make it happen.
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