May 17, 2019
Silverthorne, CO – Governor Jared Polis today signed into law SB19-078, Open Internet Customer Protections in Colorado, a bill sponsored by Senators Kerry Donovan (D-Vail) and Jeff Bridges (D-Greenwood Village) to make sure that broadband infrastructure funded by the citizens of Colorado will adhere to fair and open internet practices.
“Coloradans rely on the internet everyday and should get the same level of access to it regardless of where they live,” said Senator Donovan. “This bill will make sure that everyone has equal access to the internet by preventing private companies that use state money to expand their broadband networks from deciding who gets fast internet and who doesn’t.”
“The passage of net neutrality ensures that every Coloradan, no matter where you live, gets a fair shot,” said Senator Bridges. “This legislation will benefit Coloradans who rely on the internet for everyday tasks to small businesses who need it to innovate and grow our Colorado economy.”
SB19-078 will protect net neutrality in Colorado by disqualifying internet service providers (ISPs) that interfere with the open internet from receiving financial support from the state.
The bill passed the Senate on March 6, 2019 by a vote of 19-15 and passed the Colorado House of Representatives by a vote of 41-22 on April 4, 2019.
To learn more about SB19-078, please visit https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-078.