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Colorado could be about to get its own net neutrality law

Governor Jared Polis is expected to sign the bill, a report said, even as his fellow Democrats battle for national legislation.

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Colorado could be about to get its own net neutrality law.

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Colorado is reportedly on the cusp of getting its own net neutrality law even as Democrats fight for one at a national level.

Jared Polis, the state's Democratic governor, is likely to sign legislation banning internet service providers from getting Colorado taxpayer money if they slow internet access down or unfairly speed up certain websites, the Denver Post reported.

Senate Bill 78 passed Colorado's House and Senate chambers along strict party lines -- all Democrats voted in favor, Republicans against, the paper noted. Polis, who founded internet access company American Information Systems while he was in college, apparently supports it.

The governor's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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California also has its own net neutrality law, but the state's not currently enforcing it due to legal complications.

Nationally, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules and they officially ended in June 2018. Last Wednesday, Democrats introduced the Save the Internet Act of 2019 to restore them.

However, President Donald Trump's advisors said on Monday that they'll push him to veto the bill if it makes it through the Republican-led Senate.

First published at 5:27 a.m. PT.
Updated 6:20 a.m. PT: Adds more detail.