Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and a group of U.S. Senators ask for an FCC investigation into internet access fees set by internet and cable providers.
A group of U.S. senators lead by Bernie Sanders the self-described “democratic socialist” have drafted a letter addressed to the FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in which they ask the government watchdog to probe into the practices of internet providers.
The letter contained 4 very simple but extremely important questions, which many believe should of been answered a decade ago.
The group led by Bernie Sanders want to know how much are Americans paying for internet broadband and cable services on average in every state and according to which company they are subscribed to.
This information should of been already available according to some which argue that regulators in Europe and other continents collect and compile such data annually while the U.S. is lagging behind.
The group also wants the FCC to investigate what average internet access fess are being charged in both urban and rural locations.
The group argues that many Americans lack free market options when it comes to choosing their local cable and internet providers. The letter also states that this lack of options and market competition has resulted in a huge price increase for cable and internet services.
Bernie Sanders and the other members of the concerned group write that not only are subscriptions overpriced but the quality of the services is often poor.
The group accuses internet and cable providers of operating a de facto telecommunications monopoly stating that only 37% of Americans have more than one option for high-speed broadband providers.
The letter states that lack of incentive has allowed providers to increase fees while keeping the services offered at a unsatisfactory minimum.
The group is concerned that Americans are being overcharged for unacceptably poor services, which through their nature are invaluable to the spread of vital information.
Even the FCC itself, agrees that internet access is vital to the nature of democracy by accepting the extension of the Lifeline government program into broadband internet access. Lifeline is a telecommunication subsidies system managed by the FCC which promotes universal access to communications services including broadband across the U.S.
The Group led by Bernie Sanders argues that the FCC has the legal mandate to collect pricing information from internet and cable companies and a duty to promote the deployment of broadband throughout the United States..
Bernie Sanders is the longest serving independent candidate in U.S. Congressional History, and has been voted into the U.S. Senate by an overwhelming margin of 71 percent in 2012.
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