State Senator Zenzinger makes ‘net neutrality’ plea

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Posted 1/3/18

On behalf of her constituents who will soon experience the consequences of recent changes to telecommunications policies, Colorado Senator Rachel Zenzinger has sent a letter to the Colorado Attorney …

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State Senator Zenzinger makes ‘net neutrality’ plea

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On behalf of her constituents who will soon experience the consequences of recent changes to telecommunications policies, Colorado Senator Rachel Zenzinger has sent a letter to the Colorado Attorney General seeking help.

Zenzinger (SD-19) represents residents of Arvada and part of Westminster, and in her Dec. 21 letter to Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, Zenzinger asked Coffman to join more than a dozen other states in legal action against the federal government.

Coffman, in her public statement, said existing internet regulation are outdated, and “designed to govern monopolistic telephone companies when rotary phones were in use.”

“The best solution to the net neutrality debate would be for Congress to enact legislation to deal with the unique challenges of Internet provider regulation, rather than using an outdated statute to address modern regulatory issues,” Coffman said in her short statement, which did not mention the states lawsuit begun by the the state of New York at all.

Zenzinger’s letter, available on the RachelforColorado.com website, outlines a few of the potential consequences that all Colorado residents will experience now that the Federal Communications Commission has overturned the policy known as “net neutrality.” Zenzinger writes 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.”

Zenzinger’s letter included a critique of how the end of net neutrality could affect Colorado schools, noting 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.

A Change.org petition created two weeks ago, asking Coffman to join the lawsuit, had 121 signees as of Jan. 3.

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