Bipartisan Telecom Deregulation Bill Passes House

(April 19) – A bill that reforms current telecommunication laws by exempting certain internet protocol-enabled services from oversight by the Public Utilities Commission passed the House today unanimously.

HB13-1255, sponsored by Reps. Angela Williams (D-Denver) and Carole Murray (R-Castle Rock), exempts from regulation by Colorado’s Public Utilities Commission, with certain limitations, IP-enabled services and voice over IP service and any new service not currently regulated.  IP-enabled services will not fall under PUC regulations for setting prices, terms and conditions or service standards. The bill doesn’t impact any existing state and federal requirements on IP-enabled services.

“Technological innovation is critical to Colorado’s economic recovery,” Rep. Williams said. “How do we send an ‘open for business’ message to high-tech companies? For starters, we need to make sure our regulations don’t unnecessarily restrain the technology they are designed to govern.”

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