Bernie Sanders aims to break up ISP and cable monopolies

Yolanda Curtis
December 8, 2019

The plan Sanders has drawn up involves antitrust authorities taking action to dismantle the "internet service provider and cable monopolies" that are now in play in the USA and would see the reinstatement of the net neutrality regulation that was repealed in June a year ago.

"High-speed Internet service must be treated as the new electricity - a public utility that everyone deserves as a basic human right", the plan states.

Calling Internet access a critical service that "must be treated as the new electricity", Sanders said his plan, if he's elected president, will provide access to broadband to the entire United States using a "necessary, resilient, modern infrastructure" backed by $150 billion in "Green New Deal" infrastructure grants. 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. We will take a greedy internet, telecommunications, and cable and end their monopoly prices reasonable measure, "Sanders said in a statement".

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 Bernie Sanders internet plan accuses large ISPs of using the internet as a "price-gouging profit machine".

Sanders isn't the first 2020 Democrat to unveil a broadband plan. If elected, he promises to break up ISP and cable monopolies using existing antitrust authority. Though he did not specify which companies he would take on, there are only a handful of top internet and cable companies in the country, including Comcast and Verizon.

Bernie Sanders plan would provide $150 billion to help municipalities with the infrastructure needed to provide the expanded service, pre-empt state laws that limit provider competition, ensure that all public housing units have free Internet and expand rural support programs.

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.

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 (FCC) Office of Native Affairs and Policy.

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