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Technology Sanders announces $150B plan to expand broadband access

15:05  06 december  2019
15:05  06 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Bernie Sanders promises ‘high-speed internet for all’ through publicly-owned broadband service

  Bernie Sanders promises ‘high-speed internet for all’ through publicly-owned broadband service Sen. Bernie Sanders rolled out an ambitious plan Friday that would categorize internet service as a public utility as part of his 2020 presidential campaign. The proposal would provide $150 billion worth of grants and aid to help local governments build broadband internet infrastructure. Sanders’ plan also pledges to break up the large corporations that dominate internet and cable service.© Provided by Geekwire Sen. Bernie Sanders (Facebook Photo / Bernie Sanders) “High-speed internet service must be treated as the new electricity — a public utility that everyone deserves as a basic human right,” the proposal says.

Bernie Sanders announces a plan to expand rural broadband internet access and break up giant internet service providers. Sanders ' plan would create $ 150 billion in grants and aid for local and state governments to build publicly owned broadband networks as part of the Green New Deal

Warren proposes creating an Office of Broadband Access within the Department of Economic Development to run the program, and would set aside billion of the billion specifically for tribal nations and expand the FCC's Office of Native Affairs and Policy to provide additional training and

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is promising to invest $150 billion to bring high-speed internet to “every household in America” while breaking up and better regulating monopolies he says currently limit access to drive up their profits.

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders speaks to a congregation at Reid Chapel AME Church on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard): Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders speaks to a congregation at Reid Chapel AME Church on Dec. 1, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. © Provided by Associated Press Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders speaks to a congregation at Reid Chapel AME Church on Dec. 1, 2019, in Columbia, S.C.

The Vermont senator on Friday unveiled a plan providing that funding in infrastructure grants and technical assistance to states and municipalities through Green New Deal climate-change fighting initiatives — allowing them to build what he called “publicly owned and democratically controlled, co-operative or open access broadband networks.”

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to boost broadband access, break up internet and cable titans

  Bernie Sanders unveils plan to boost broadband access, break up internet and cable titans Sanders calls out companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon as he announces a sweeping plan to boost affordable broadband access.In his sprawling "High-Speed Internet for All" proposal, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate calls to treat internet like a public utility. His campaign argues that the internet should not be a "price gouging profit machine" for companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.

Broadband is a term normally considered to be synonymous with a high-speed connection to the internet. Suitability for certain applications, or technically a certain quality of service, is often assumed. For instance, low round trip delay (or "latency" in milliseconds)

Arkansas’ governor has released a plan to expand access to high-speed broadband communities with more than 500 residents by 2022. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday detailed the Arkansas State Broadband Plan , which is aimed at expanding access to high-speed internet to rural communities

Sanders also wants to set aside $7.5 billion to increase high-speed broadband in Native American communities nationwide and increase funding for the Federal Communications Commission's Office of Native Affairs and Policy.

Citing FCC data, Sanders said that in rural areas, about 30% of Americans lack access to broadband internet access.

The senator also says that, as president, he’d require all internet service providers to offer a “Basic Internet Plan” providing “quality broadband speeds at an affordable price.” He also vowed to break up internet service provider and cable monopolies, prohibit service advisers from providing content and wipe out “anticompetitive” mergers.

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“It is outrageous that across the country millions of Americans and so many of our communities do not have access to affordable high-speed internet," Sanders said in a statement.

He isn’t the only Democratic presidential hopeful promising to improve internet access in rural areas and other under-served communities. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to create a “public option for broadband” managed by a new Office of Broadband Access using an $85 billion federal grant. Former Vice President Joe Biden has released a plan to revitalize rural America that includes a $20 billion investment in rural broadband infrastructure.

Google Fiber drops its 100Mbps tier in favor of gigabit-only service .
Google Fiber's main selling point has been its gigabit internet access, but there has usually been a low-cost option like the $50 100Mbps plan. However, that choice is going away. Google has announced that it no longer offers the 100Mbps tier to new customers -- it's either the $70 gigabit plan or nothing. If you ask the company, it's a reflection of evolving internet technology and usage habits. The service started at a time when gigabit access was rare, and the average American internet speed was "crawling in single digits," according to Google. Flash forward to 2019 and it's a different story, with AT&T, Comcast and others offering gigabit broadband options.

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