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Bernie Sanders has a $150 billion plan to turn the internet into a public utility with low prices and fast speeds — here's how his plan works
Publisher:  business insider
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:25

Bernie Sanders, November 2019

  • Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders recently announced a $150 billion, four-point plan that would fundamentally transform how the internet works in the United States.
  • The plan would effectively turn the internet into a publicly-provided utility, similar to how water and power are distributed.
  • The broadest goal of the proposal is to provide every American with access to affordable high-speed internet. "High-speed internet service must be treated as the new electricity," the proposal says, "a public utility that everyone deserves as a basic human right."
  • Here's how Bernie thinks it can be done.
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders just unveiled a sweeping $150 billion proposal that would fundamentally reshape how the internet works in the United States.

The plan, dubbed "High-Speed Internet for All," would effectively turn the internet into a public utility along the lines of water and power. "High-speed internet service must be treated as the new electricity," the proposal says, "a public utility that everyone deserves as a basic human right."

To that end, the $150 billion would go to creating "publicly owned and democratically controlled, co-operative, or open access broadband networks." 

Here's how it works:

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1. Requiring internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast to offer "a Basic Internet Plan that provides quality broadband speeds at an affordable price."

The core of Sanders' high-speed internet plan is to provide internet for everyone in an affordable way.

Its primary method for doing that: FCC regulation.

"The FCC will review prices and regulate rates where necessary, ensuring areas without competition aren't able to run up prices," the plan says. "We will also require providers to offer a basic plan for a regulated rate to all customers, ensuring everyone will be able to affordably connect to the internet."

The "providers" in question are massive media conglomerates like Verizon, Comcast, and Charter. "Bernie will regulate these providers like a utility," it says.

The proposal includes further subsidies for people who qualify for government assistance programs like SNAP, Medicaid, and TANF, and it proposes free broadband in all public housing.

2. Redefining "minimum broadband speeds" so that 100mbps down/10mbps up is the floor.

Calling for "high-speed broadband" doesn't mean much if your definition of "fast" internet is stuck in the past. The current FCC minimum to be considered broadband is 25 Mbps down/3 Mbps up. 

It works, and it gets the job done well enough, but it's a slouch compared to many other parts of the world. Under this proposal, the FCC would increase its minimum to 100 Mbps down/10 Mbps up. 

It's a little detail that makes a big difference in the broader plan, as it guarantees a base level of internet speed that makes using the internet a far easier process.

3. Breaking up companies that offer internet service and provide content — like Comcast and Verizon.

Over the past several decades, the telecommunications industry has consolidated into a few major players who provide internet access, and those companies have, in turn, merged with the major media companies. The resulting giants will sell you the internet and cable service you use and provide the content that runs on those services. 

Under the Sanders proposal, these conglomerates would be broken apart.

Rather than the FCC, the proposal says Sanders would use "existing antitrust authority" to dismantle "internet service provider and cable monopolies." Moreover, he would "bar service providers from also providing content." 

Comcast, which owns NBC, would likely have to unwind that purchase. AT&T, which owns WarnerMedia (HBO, Turner, Warner Bros.), would likely have to unwind that purchase.

4. Providing $150 billion to create "publicly owned and democratically controlled, co-operative, or open access broadband networks."

While enforcing regulations on major internet service providers, the proposal includes a major expenditure: $150 billion to create "the necessary resilient, modern infrastructure" for high-speed broadband that's widely available and affordable.

The money is part of the broader Green New Deal initiative, and is intended for "municipalities and/or states to build publicly owned and democratically controlled, co-operative, or open access broadband networks."

One major condition is included: Grants from the funding must go "toward creating good-paying union jobs," and come with rigorous standards.

5. Ending data caps and speed throttling.

Another notable detail in the proposal: Putting an end to data caps and speed throttling.

As people stream more content and download larger, higher-definition movies, TV shows, and games, they use more data. Just as that amount has increased, some internet service providers have begun placing caps on users — 200 GB per month, for example. If you go over your cap, there's a chance you'll get slapped with a charge.

In some cases, your provider may even "throttle" your service speed in an attempt to dissuade use. The proposal from the Sanders campaign explicitly calls for the elimination of both practices.

Willem Dafoe: We shot in 50-below temperatures for new sled-dog drama ‘Togo’
Publisher:  New York Post
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:25

"We always kept our faces covered. Leave anything uncovered, and you’d get frostbite."

Tue Dec 10 '19 Announcement from Latice Hawai'i Board Game
Publisher:  Indiegogo: Announcements
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:24

Thanks again to everyone for your support on this project. I've worked with a number of folks on the process to unlock the app and the results still haven't been great:

1) It's been a high effort for users to send their "handle" information to me. As I previously mentioned less than half of the handles that were submitted as part of the backer survey "just worked" (the fact that the app supports 3 modes of login doesn't help here).

2) The back-end process to update accounts to add the Latice League required multiple steps and didn't work 100% of the time, resulting in an iterative process.

To solve this, we've been working on changes to the app so everyone can use an individual code to unlock the League membership. No more step #1 or #2. Once the coding work is done everyone should be able to add the league membership with minimal effort.

I'm looking forward to sharing an update on this topic soon. In the meantime, if there's anything I can help with on the physical game just let me know.
Thanks again!

New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Odds Revealed
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:24

The Baltimore Ravens (11-2) and New England Patriots (10-3) have been the top-two Super Bowl favorites for over a month. But if their trajectories were cruise ships, they’d be passing in the proverbial night.

Baltimore On the Rise

The day before the Ravens waxed the Patriots 37-20 on Sunday Night Football in Week 9, New England was favored at roughly +250, while the Ravens were barely in the top ten at +1400. The next day, the Ravens’ odds improved to +800.

That win marked Baltimore’s fourth straight at the time. They have tacked on five more since then, taking over top spot in the AFC in the process.

Baltimore’s Super Bowl odds have mirrored their rise up the standings. Now riding a nine-game win streak while boasting the NFL’s best point difference (+194) and most-efficient offense, the Ravens are as short as +215 to win the Lombardi Trophy.

Their odds are now twice as short as any other team in the league.

What’s Happened to the Patriots?

The Patriots, on the other hand, have lost back to back games to fall to 10-3, with their Super Bowl odds going from a season-best of around +210 to roughly +450 after Week 14. Even with the slump in Super Bowl chances, they are still expected to win big in Week 15 – with a moneyline set at -441 as they are on the road to face Cincinatti.

Looking at the standings on the surface, there’s little cause for concern. New England maintains a one-game lead on the 9-4 Buffalo Bills in the AFC East, has the second-best point difference in the NFL (+170), and would get a first-round bye if the playoffs started today.

But digging deeper, concern grows.

New England built its gaudy record against, mostly, terrible teams. The Miami Dolphins (3-10), NY Jets (5-8), Washington Redskins (3-10), NY Giants (2-10) account for five of their ten wins. They have only beaten two teams that are over .500 (Steelers, Bills) and they’re 0-3 against teams that currently lead their division (Chiefs, Texans, Ravens).

The past success of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick is undeniable. With six Super Bowl titles together, they will go down as the greatest QB/coach combo in the history of the NFL. But this year’s team has massive flaws. The offense is averaging just 17.6 PPG over the last five weeks and their running game is bottom-ten in the league (96.2 YPG).

With Brady finally starting to show his age – a ripe old 42 – and the receiving corps seriously lacking for weapons, Belichick has few options to move the ball.

That stands in stark contrast to Baltimore.

The Ravens have three players with at least 480 rushing yards (Lamar Jackson, 1,017 yards; Mark Ingram, 887 yards; and Gus Edwards, 480 yards); the Patriots have one (Sony Michel, 653 yards). Through the air, Jackson has a 109.2 passer rating with 28 TDs and just 6 INTs. Brady has an 86.5 passer rating with 19 TDs and 7 INTs.

Unless the New England defense is generating takeaways like it did early in the season, there is nothing they do better than the Ravens right now.

What Lies Ahead?

The Patriots obviously have a lot more playoff experience than Baltimore, but they are constructing a difficult postseason road to navigate. They have little chance at claiming the #1 seed; they are, in effect, 1.5 games behind Baltimore (because the Ravens own the head-to-head tiebreaker) with just three games to go.

On top of that, the Pats are only half a game ahead of the 9-4 Chiefs, who also own the tiebreaker with New England thanks to their Week 14 win in Foxborough.

If New England drops one of its final three games, it could easily lose its first-round bye and would then have to play two road games, against two division winners, just to reach the Super Bowl.
In short, don’t expect their Super Bowl odds to trend back closer to Baltimore’s any time soon.

Gutfeld on the articles of impeachment
Publisher:  FOXNews
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:23

Accusations against President Trump in the Democratic drive to impeach him are so vague that they can mean anything – and nothing. Which is the point.

Mourinho forbids Tottenham players from looking at Bayern Munich thrashing
Publisher: News - English - America
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:23

The Special One is determined to focus on the club's future and not an ugly chapter of its past

Trump heads to Pennsylvania rally amid impeachment probe, USMCA breakthrough
Publisher:  FOXNews
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:22

President Trump was headlining a rally in the key swing state of Pennsylvania on a momentous day in his presidency after House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against him, even as they also handed him a breakthrough political victory by finally approving his new trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Presidents Cup 2019 odds: Predictions, picks from model that nailed six majors
Publisher:  CBS Sports
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:22

SportsLine's advanced computer model simulated the entire Presidents Cup 10,000 times.

IFFAM-Variety’s Asian Stars: Up Next Program is Helping Talent Cross Over
Publisher:  Variety
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:21

Eight young stars accepted the “Asian Stars: Up Nextâ€� award on Tuesday intended to recognize and promote Asian on-screen talent who have established themselves in their home market but have the potential to cross borders onto the global stage. The awards are issued by the International Film Festival & Awards Macao and Variety, and were […]

Brady, Pats hope 3rd time is charm on clinching playoff spot
Publisher:  FOX Sports
Tuesday, 10 December 2019 19:21

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are hoping the third time's a charm on clinching a playoff berth

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