He also vowed to break up internet service provider and cable monopolies, prohibit service advisers from providing content and wipe out "anticompetitive" mergers.
Sanders promises to deliver affordable, high-speed internet to every American household by the end of his first term, under the plan.
And, this being Bernie Sanders, he had some strong words for some of the large internet service providers, who Sanders says, "exploit their dominant market power to gouge consumers and lobby government at all levels to keep out competition". He says he will treat the internet service as a human right. It would involve investigations and court battles that could drag on for years.More news: OnePlus 8 Lite renders reveal punch hole display and rectangular camera bump
Visual learner? Check out BroadbandNow's chart of all the candidates' plans. This includes requiring ISPs to offer customers a "Basic Internet Plan" at an affordable price that would still supply fast internet speeds.
Sanders's plan also calls for a reform of the Universal Service Fund and a dedicated "accelerated last mile fund" through the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utility Service to provide capital funding to connect all remote, rural homes and businesses and to upgrade outdated tech infrastructure. It's a movement that's been gaining steam across the country, especially among communities fed up with their existing providers.
Sanders also wants to raise FCC's definition of broadband, which is now 25Mbit/s down and 3Mbit/s - he wants it to be 100Mbit/s down and 10Mbit/s up. Currently, high-speed internet in the U.S.is available for many people, but in some cases, it can also be fairly pricey. 3x funding for rural areas. As part of this, Sanders said, if elected, he would provide $150 billion in grants to localities to build "publicly owned and democratically controlled, co-operative, or open access broadband networks".More news: New Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker clip debuting inside Fortnite
Sanders and his rival for the 2020 presidential nomination of the Democratic Party has been pushing to increase high-speed internet access to rural and low-income Americans, said it has become a necessity to succeed in school and business. But the agency has struggled to determine which communities need the subsidies due to the inaccurate wireless-coverage maps the major carriers have been submitting.
The Vermont senator called out Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon by name, citing their staggering profits and skyrocketing CEO salaries.More news: Woman shot in face at wedding because she stopped dancing