***Senate Republicans Vow to Block Vote on Net Neutrality Protections***
AURORA, CO—US Senate Candidate Andrew Romanoff today released the following statement after Senate Republicans vowed to block legislation passed this morning in the US House to restore net neutrality protections:
“We can’t stand by while this administration, with the help of Senate Republicans, steals our right to equal access to the internet. The repeal of net neutrality protections harms small businesses and stifles innovation. The US Senate should restore these critical consumer protections, and it is shameful to block legislation that would do just that.”
Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that legislation to reestablish net neutrality protections would be “dead on arrival” in the Senate. A longtime opponent of efforts to protect consumers’ equal access to the internet, Senator Cory Gardner today attacked the bill, responding to a Vox question by asking: “Did the internet die last year?” According to Fight for the Future, Senator Gardner received over $500,000 in contributions from internet service providers last election (data as of 5/16/18).
Last week, the Colorado General Assembly sent legislation to the governor’s desk that would prohibit internet providers in the state from receiving taxpayer funds if they violate net neutrality principles. Governor Polis is expected to sign the bill.
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