Earlier this week, Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren released her Plan to Invest in Rural America, which contained a framework for improving broadband policy and expanding high-quality Internet access.
You can read her full plan on Medium.
Funding Needed, Spent Wisely
Some of Warren’s goals for proposed policy changes include:
- Passing federal statute that ensures municipalities have the right to invest in network infrastructure
- Ending anti-competitive behavior from big corporate Internet access companies that engage in activity designed to reduce competition
- Pass a Digital Equity Act, which will provide $2.5 billion over 10 years to states in order to help them develop digital inclusion projects
Warren’s plan also focuses on financing infrastructure development in rural areas, and creates some guidelines to address the problems with the current system. Her plan includes:
- Dedicating $85 billion to expand broadband networks with grant funds awarded exclusively to cooperatives, non-profit organizations, tribes, and local government
- Funding will be reserved for regions that are unserved, underserved, or where there is minimal competition
- Grants will only go to projects that offer one discount plan and must include a 100 Mbps symmetrical tier, along with specific requirements for low-income subscribers
- $5 billion will be earmarked for grants to projects that will benefit people on tribal Native American lands
Improving the FCC
Warren also wants FCC Commissioners who will restore network neutrality protections and improve mapping. By making changes in the FCC’s Office of Native Affairs and Policy, Warren plans to further attack the digital divide for indigenous people.
Read more of Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Invest in Rural America at Medium.