On Tuesday, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg released a new economic policy plan for rural America that includes a multibillion-dollar broadband initiative and a pledge to fight for public internet options.
As part of the South Bend, Indiana, mayor’s $80 billion “Internet For All” initiative, he promises to expand internet access to unserved and underserved communities across the country within his first term in office. In areas where there is little to no competition among broadband providers, Buttigieg says that his administration would seek to create a public option for broadband, something he hopes would patch the huge service gaps and drive down prices across the country.
“Where companies have not provided…
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