Dec 6, 2019

Sanders reveals $150 billion plan to increase broadband access

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Bernie Sanders released a new $150 billion plan on Friday to increase broadband internet access across the U.S. and break up what his campaign labels "internet service provider and cable monopolies."

The big picture: Sanders is one of many 2020 candidates, such as Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren to release a plan to increase high-speed broadband access.

Increasing broadband access and lowering costs:

  • Sanders says that he would build the needed infrastructure by providing $150 billion toward internet access through the Green New Deal.
  • He wants to increase broadband access specifically for those in affordable housing, living with disabilities, schools and on tribal lands.

Breaking up large companies:

  • Sanders said he will use existing antitrust authority to break up large service providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast.
  • He would also prevent internet service providers from providing content.

Build communication networks:

  • Sanders wants all new broadband infrastructure to be built so that it's resilient to extreme weather events brought on by climate change — like floods, hurricanes and wildfires.

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Starry releases broadband investment guide for cities

Starry "beam" used to transmit fixed wireless broadband service to buildings. Photo: Starry

Upstart internet provider Starry is trying to help small- and medium-sized cities accelerate investment in high-speed internet.

Why it matters: When it comes to fast, reliable broadband, installing fiber in the ground is the gold standard.

  • But fiber is too expensive for a lot of towns. Starry and others are offering "fixed wireless" service as an alternative that is cheaper and faster to deploy. It's also a potential competitor to incumbent broadband providers.
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Sanders says he just hit 4M individual donations — the fastest ever

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders at an event in Las Vegas on Nov. 17. Photo: Bridget Bennett/AFP via Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Tuesday his campaign has received more than 4 million individual contributions.

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Bernie Sanders surges in California primary poll

Bernie Sanders. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has surged in a new California poll at the expense of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies survey published by the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.

The big picture: Warren's lead in September in the same poll dropped by 7 points to 22%, meaning she is statistically tied with — but nominally behind — Sanders, who sits at 24%. Biden also dipped by 6 points to 14%, with South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 12%.

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