Sen. Sanders Pledges Broadband for All

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says it goes without saying that to create jobs in rural America it will take boosting small business, and to boost small business it  takes "state of the art" broadband and phone service. 

Sanders was promoting his rural rebuild agenda in a speech in Osage, Iowa. 

Sanders spent most of the speech hammering agri-business mergers--he will impose a moratorium and toughen antitrust laws, he says--and promoting the move from fossil fuels to sustainable energy.  

Related: White House Releases Update on Rural Broadband Initiative 

But before going entirely without saying, he ended the speech: "We will expand high-speed Internet access to every American – particularly in our rural areas." 

He said it was "beyond comprehension" that "39% of Americans living in rural areas lack Internet access.   

That is also the expressed goal of the current President, also with an eye toward boosting high-tech agriculture. 

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.