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HB18-1312: Open Internet Customer Protections In Colorado

Privacy & Technology
Bill Number: HB18-1312
Year: 2018
ACLU Position: Active Support
Sponsors: C. Hansen/L. Herod/K. Donovan

Description:

Section 1 of the bill disqualifies an internet service provider from
receiving money from the high cost support mechanism if the internet
service provider engages in any of the following practices:
• Blocking lawful internet content, applications, services, or
devices unless such blocking is conducted in a manner
consistent with reasonable network management practices;
• Engaging in paid prioritization of internet content;
• Regulating network traffic by throttling bandwidth or
otherwise impairing or degrading lawful internet traffic on
the basis of internet content, application, service, or use of
a device unless such impairment or degradation is
conducted in a manner consistent with reasonable network
management practices; or
• Not providing transparency of its reasonable network
management practices.
Section 1 also requires that, if an internet service provider has been
found to have engaged in any of the practices listed above, the internet
service provider must refund any money that the internet service provider
received in the prior 24 months from the high cost support mechanism or
from any other state support mechanism or other state funding source
established to help finance broadband deployment.
Section 2 requires the attorney general or the attorney general’s
designee, in collaboration with the broadband deployment board, to
develop guidance for consumers on how to file a complaint with the
federal trade commission to allege that an internet service provider has
engaged in any of the practices listed above.
Section 3 requires a governmental body, when contracting for
broadband internet access service, to give a preference to an internet
service provider that certifies to the governmental body that it will not
engage in any of the practices listed above in section 1.


Current Status:

Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (03/22/2018)
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole (04/11/2018)



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