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Innovations such as electricity, passenger cars and air travel have provided all of us with a better quality of life and millions of jobs.  The same is true for the Internet – unquestionably the most impactful innovation of the last 25 years.  However, while a solid legal structure of consumer protections was built around these other innovative technologies, we cannot yet say the same for the online world.  Although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made several attempts at establishing some basic ground rules, its actions to date have proven controversial and have not created the legal framework we need here in the U.S. to make the most of the internet.

State Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, is calling for Gov. John Hickenlooper’s help on two projects dead to Democrats and internet users, especially in rural Colorado. Donovan’s office shared a letter she the governor Thursday. She said that when Republicans members of the Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama administration rule that all websites and traffic be treated equally, they tilted the playing field against most Coloradans.