Bernie Sanders Released $150B Broadband Plan
by Alex Hickey
Still waiting on a response to our “Email Newsletters for All” proposal, but we get why Sen. Bernie Sanders has been busy. His presidential campaign just released a $150 billion plan to extend high-speed internet to underserved areas and treat broadband like a public utility.
What’s included: Federal grants and Geek Squad help for states and communities to build broadband networks.
It’s also, as Vice puts it, “Comcast’s worst nightmare.” Sanders wants to restore net neutrality and use existing antitrust rules to unwind telecoms and decouple service + content providers.
Join the club
Here’s what other 2020 candidates have in mind for improving broadband connectivity:
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Federal grants to improve access in rural and Native American communities. Now for the bargain price of $85 billion.
- Mayor Pete Buttigieg: $80 billion Internet For All. And a public broadband option to drive down prices.
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar: Access for every American household by 2022.
- Former VP Joe Biden: $20 billion for broadband infrastructure. 3x funding for rural areas. Over 250,000 new jobs.
Visual learner? Check out BroadbandNow’s chart of all the candidates’ plans.