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Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren announced her policy proposal to invest $85 billion in a public option for expanding broadband to rural areas.
Warren’s plan is laid out in a blog post, which outlines all her policy proposals for rural America.
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“I will make sure every home in America has a fiber broadband connection at a price families can afford. That means publicly-owned and operated networks — and no giant ISPs running away with taxpayer dollars,” the Massachusetts senator wrote.
Warren released her program just in time for her road trip to Iowa. She tweeted: “I’m kicking off my Iowa road trip today! As we head into Iowa, I’m sharing my new plans to invest in rural communities. It’s time to put their interests ahead of giant companies and Wall Street.”
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Warren’s policy proposal for a public option of broadband can be broken down into three key parts:
In Warren’s proposal, she says private market broadband access is lacking in rural communities. In her first point, Warren says 26 states have laws that hinder municipalities from building their own broadband infrastructure. Her original solution was to get rid of these laws and return power to local governments.
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However, many of the laws Warren wants to repeal encourage basic reporting for businesses trying to implement infrastructure in these communities.
“At a really basic level, I don’t think she’s correct in saying that taking away these laws will help,” said Will Rinehart, Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action Forum. “You do really basic reporting in this process, which I think is good governance.”
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Rinehart said he understands why Warren wants to get rid of laws that limit broadband, but he said expanding these good policies on a federal level may lead to tension between states and the federal government.
Warren wants to create an “Office of Broadband...
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