Nothing would make our readers happier than a government plan that would substantially lower the cost of internet.
And nothing would make us happier than hearing a political promise that didn’t sound like a complete line of bull.
It’s actually become difficult to keep up with of the constant stream of government giveaways from Democratic candidates for President. Now Bernie Sanders is pimping for votes by proposing a revolutionary plan to bring the internet under government control and bring low, affordable rates to the masses.
“The internet in this country costs too damn much,” Senator Sanders roared in a recent press release. The Vermont socialist wants to turn on the printing presses and spend $150 billion on high-speed universal internet service.
“High-speed internet service must be treated as the new electricity — a public utility that everyone deserves as a basic human right,” he blabbered onward. “And getting online at home, at school, or at work shouldn’t involve long waits, frustrating phone calls, and complex contracts and fees meant to trap and trick consumers.”
Bernie clearly got up on the wrong side of the bed the day the plan was written. It condemns telecom providers for their “greed” and threatens them with all sorts of repercussions — such as breaking up the major internet service provider and cable monopolies. The plan would also prohibit service providers from providing content.
Sanders will not get many votes from the cable industry after saying things such as, “With no incentive to innovate or invest, these conglomerates charge sky-high internet prices to reap profits from consumers, and they collect government subsidies to provide service to rural households while still leaving millions of Americans unconnected.”
And that’s just the beginning of Sanders’ revolutionary internet plan. According to Fox News, “Other major reforms include eliminating data caps and throttling, instructing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to force companies to provide affordable rates, working with Congress to codify net neutrality, and requiring that internet service providers offer a minimum standard of broadband speed.”
The mint’s printing presses will surely have problems pumping out money as fast as Sanders promises to spend it. He’s also promising to provide Americans with universal health care, jobs, college tuition, housing and cancellation of medical debt.
We hate to be so cynical because a plan such as Sanders’ might well work wonders for our readers. But it’s important to separate the wheat from the chaff (or in this cased, separate the facts from the fantasies). Sanders says his plan will “dramatically lower costs” and we can’t think of a single time that government promise that ever lowered a single price.
h/t: Fox News