Net Neutrality, 22 States But Not Colorado

Attention has been on CHIP and DACA since they’re directly tied to children. Thankfully, CHIP has FINALLY been addressed though we continue to wait on DACA. In the meantime, we need to bring up Net Neutrality again.

Here’s the lawsuit filed by 22 attorney generals on behalf of their constituents. Nothing for Colorado.

https://ag.ny.gov/sites/default/files/petition_-_filed.pdf

While we are still waiting on our Attorney General to do something, anything, one Senator took action. Senator Rachel Zenzinger wrote to the Attorney General at the end of December requesting action:

The letter, available on the RachelforColorado.com website, outlines a few of the consequences that all Colorado residents will experience now that the Federal Communications Commission has overturned the policy known as “net neutrality.” Zenzinger notes that the FCC’s action could stifle small, innovative businesses and adversely affect Colorado schools.

“Only the favored, bigger, higher-paying customers will enjoy the Internet’s maximum benefits,” she told Coffman. “In other words, smaller, less affluent individuals and entrepreneurs could find themselves on the outside looking in.”

On the topic of Colorado schools, she notes that rural schools in poorer areas have already been struggling to keep up with digital advances.

“If every Colorado student deserves an equal, high-quality education, then they also deserve net neutrality,” Zenzinger wrote.

We are in receipt of this letter and wanted to share the content with you!

December 20, 2017

Dear Attorney General Coffman:

Please add my name to the long list of Colorado residents who would encourage you in your role as Attorney General to help avert an impending telecommunications disaster. I’m talking, of course, about the recent decision by the Federal Communications Commission to end the “net neutrality” that has contributed so much to the economic engines of our state.

More than a dozen other states’ attorneys general have collaborated on a lawsuit that would halt the nation’s movement toward net neutrality, and I urge you to announce that Colorado will join that effort.

As you know, the elimination of net neutrality will essentially turn the Internet into a toll road, with a few large service providers deciding who gets to participate in the digital evolution, at what price, and how fast. Consequently, only the favored, bigger, higher-paying customers will enjoy the Internet’s maximum benefits. In other words, smaller, less affluent individuals and entrepreneurs could find themselves on the outside looking in. We are on the verge of setting up a dichotomy of haves and have-nots. I hate to think how the founders of recent Internet successes such as Uber, Etsy and Airbnb would have fared in their early stages under this new environment imposed by the federal government. Think of the jobs and commerce now generated by those businesses, all of which would have been lost.

Consider also the impact upon our educational efforts in Colorado, as the elimination of net neutrality will magnify the challenges that poor students face, especially in rural areas. If every Colorado student deserves an equal, high-quality education, then they also deserve net neutrality.

Sincerely,

Sen. Rachel Zenzinger

Net Neutrality Letter

Here’s a history of the subject from EdWeek if you’d like to do more research.