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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.

Led by Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, Democrats in Congress are holding the future of America’s high-speed internet hostage. In the process, they are testing the limits of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) in a blatant effort to reinstate burdensome, Obama-era regulations on the internet. Reinstating these overly prescriptive, public-utility style regulations would only serve to stifle innovation and slow the continued deployment of America’s broadband networks. This effort must be stopped.

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Rep. Chris Hansen, a Democrat from Denver, has been making the case for Colorado to do what it can to protect consumers as the Trump administration rolls back net neutrality rules. Thursday he made the case in Washington via an op-ed in The Hill newspaper.