Bridging the so-called digital divide is now a hot issue in the United States, with several politicians actively addressing their campaigns,media outlet Techspot reported. Senator Bernie Sanders believes that access to high-speed Internet is a fundamental human right. He vowed that, if elected president, every family in the United States would have access to affordable broadband services by the end of his first term.
To that end, Sanders plans to provide $150 billion in grants to help municipalities and states build their own broadband networks. He also wants to reform the Universal Services Fund, eliminate data caps, ban restrictions and force all Internet service providers (ISPs) to offer basic services to “provide high-quality broadband speeds at affordable prices”.
Similar to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s idea, Sanders aims to break up big technology companies. In particular, Sanders noted that the Internet and its access should be “in the public interest of all, not in the profit machine of another price fraud by Comcast, AT?T and Verizon.” If elected, he promised to use existing antitrust agencies to break the monopoly of ISPs and communications operators. He was convinced that municipalities were capable of running their own network services and could operate at a lower price than established companies.
Part of Sanders’s broader investment plan involves making new broadband infrastructure resilient to natural disasters, enabling emergency responders to do their jobs more effectively, and maintaining community ties “in response to the most severe climate emergencies.”