Bernie Sanders Unveils Most Progressive US$150 Billion "High-Speed Internet for All" Plan, Calls Internet a Basic Human Right
December 8 , 2019
Bernie Sander, the Vermont Senator and the President hopeful for the 2020 US presidential election, has announced a “High-Speed Internet for All” proposal. It will expand broadband internet access all over the US, boost the economy, and reduce corporate power over the Americans. Bernie called the internet a public utility and went on to say that he’ll consider internet service as a basic human right if voted to power. He said, “High-speed internet service must be treated as the new electricity.” The sprawling proposal of the Vermont senator intends to create US$150 billion in grants and aid (as part of the Green New Deal infrastructure initiative) for local as well as state governments to build publicly-owned broadband networks. The leading internet-access plans revealed by other Democratic candidates are $85 billion by Elizabeth Warren, $80 billion by Pete Buttigieg, and US$20 billion by Joe Biden. The plan is more progressive than other Democratic Presidential candidates as it calls for the Federal Communications Commission to restrict broadband prices. The High-Speed Internet for All plan will help break “internet service provider and cable monopolies” of corporate giants such as Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast and also stop “anticompetitive mergers”. Bernie Sanders has also pledged to put US$7.5 billion for high-speed-broadband service in Native American communities and ensure free broadband access to public housing residents.