Internet as a Public Utility

We believe that the internet is now as vital to live in society as Electricity, Water, and Energy. From receiving an education to applying for a job, the internet is crucial for achieving success. It is unacceptable that in the United States, 33% of American adults do not have access to Broadband Internet.

 

As we have seen with COVID-19, the Internet is an absolute necessity and we believe that it is a human right. (So does the United Nations.) In these trying times, access to the internet is imperative to keep our society from grinding to a halt. We will make high-speed internet affordable and available for anyone who wants it, from small businesses to family farms.

 

To do this, we will:

 

  • Build publicly-owned broadband networks, which can save Americans hundreds per year when compared to private providers.

    • Several municipalities in the United States, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to FL-3’s own Ocala, Florida, already offer publicly-owned, high-speed internet at fair rates. It’s time we do the same for the rest of our district, where over 100,000 are without broadband internet access. With our increasingly digital society, North Central Florida cannot afford to be left behind. The jobs created and attracted through the construction of a fiber broadband network will stimulate our economy as we address today’s modern needs.

  • Break up cable and service provider monopolies and reverse non-competitive mergers

    • Currently, just four firms own almost two-thirds of the telecommunications market. This oligopoly allows companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast to concern themselves less with extending or improving service to communities where they have cornered the market, and more with raising rates to put more money in their pockets. We will work to encourage innovation, fair competition, and better telecommunications service for Americans by breaking up these monopolies.

  • Hold Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast accountable for price gouging

    • The telecommunications oligopoly has allowed these firms to inflate rates to about 25 percent above what a competitive market would deliver, costing the typical U.S. household more than $540 a year. Price gouging for a service as essential as Internet is unacceptable--with such an extreme focus on profits, these companies have rendered Internet inaccessible and unaffordable for millions in the United States. We must fight to ensure fair internet, telecom, and cable prices for every American.

Paid For And Approved By Adam Christensen For Congress
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