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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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The ransomware pandemic

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

"We are on the cusp of a global pandemic," said Christopher Krebs, the first director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, in Congressional testimony last week. The virus causing the pandemic isn't biological, however. It's software.

Why it matters: Crippling a major U.S. oil pipeline this weekend initially looked like an act of war — but it's now looking like an increasingly normal crime, bought off-the-shelf from a "ransomware as a service" provider known as DarkSide.

Hollywood's wakeup call

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Decades of failures around diversity and inclusion finally caught up with Hollywood Monday, when NBC made the unprecedented decision not to air the Golden Globes next year following backlash against the group that hosts the show.

Why it matters: NBC has been airing the event exclusively for decades. Its decision to pull back speaks to how big the backlash against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has become.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
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There's a frenzy for summer school, but it may not be enough

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Kids across the country have fallen behind after more than a year of interrupted, unstable and inequitable virtual school. And they'll need to go to summer school to catch up.

Yes, but: It's not that easy. Kids are demoralized, teachers are exhausted, and it'll take more than one summer to fix the pandemic's damage.