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Sanders proposed $150B plan to provide internet to 'every household in America'

Sanders proposed $150B plan to provide internet to 'every household in America'”

Citing successful programs in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Lafayette, Louisiana, Sanders heralds the idea of "municipality-owned, high-speed internet".

"High-speed internet service must be treated as the new electricity - a public utility that everyone deserves as a basic human right", the Vermont senator's ambitious proposal states.

Additionally, Bernie Sanders' internet plan would work to break up what the campaign calls "cable monopolies" and end what it calls "anti-competitive mergers".

"Their greed must end", Sanders said in the plan, which points to the billions of dollars Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T have been raking in.

U.S. Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders launched a plan on Friday to provide high-speed broadband for every U.S. household at a cost of $150 billion, pledging to use antitrust powers to take on internet, telecom and cable companies.

On top of all this, Sanders wants to pave the way for city and state governments to create their own broadband. Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., And South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg released plans to invest at least $ 80 billion to rural broadband, while former Vice President Joe Biden has proposed putting $ 20 billion to expand rural Internet access. Nevertheless, Sanders' plan calls for other ways to regulate the broadband sector. He adds that large broadband providers incorrectly report coverage, "obscure their prices, and often don't deliver promised speeds".

Sanders's plan also calls for a reform of the Universal Service Fund and a dedicated "accelerated last mile fund" through the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utility Service to provide capital funding to connect all remote, rural homes and businesses and to upgrade outdated tech infrastructure.

Sanders also wants to raise FCC's definition of broadband, which is now 25Mbit/s down and 3Mbit/s - he wants it to be 100Mbit/s down and 10Mbit/s up. In addition, it will put $ 7.5 billion toward high-speed broadband in Native American communities and ensure that public housing residents have access to broadband free. AT&T, for instance, recently rolled out "unlimited" data plans that throttle users after they consume more than either 50 GB or 100 GB of data - but the throttling only occurs when the network is congested.



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