Elizabeth Warren proposes $85 billion grant for expanding rural internet access

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Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has announced a plan to dramatically expand internet access in rural communities, aiming to give “every home in America” fiber broadband at an affordable price. Her proposal includes an $85 billion grant program for nonprofits and local governments to build fiber networks, as well as protections for cities that want to run their own broadband services. And it would overhaul a deeply flawed reporting system that’s hidden huge service gaps across the country.

Warren laid out her “public option for broadband” in a policy paper released this morning. It’s designed to encourage locally and publicly operated broadband networks while reducing the power of big internet service providers…

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