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RICHARD E. NEAL

COMMITTEE ON WAYS AND MEANS

FIRST DISTRICT, MASSACHUSETTS

RANKING MEMBER,

SUBCOMMITTEE ON SELECT

REVENUE MEASURES

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Thomas Wheeler

rOC Mall Room

Chairman

Federal Communications Commission

445 Twelfth Street, SW, Room 8-C445

Washington, DC 20554-0004

Dear Mr. Wheeler,

I am writing in behalf of Daniel Warwick, the Superintendent of Schools in Springfield, who has

recently contacted my office for assistance. In late February, the Springfield Public Schools

received word that the FCC had decided to not fund any Priority 2 applications for the 2013-

2014 school year, in which the district had requested nearly $4 million. This funding would have

upgraded cabling and wireless in six of the largest schools, serving about 6,400 students, and

continue to maintain infrastructures already in place.

Since the su,rport and maintenance takes place throughout the year, the district begins incurring

costs July l

of the fiscal year. By the time the decision to not fund these projects occurred, the

Springfield Public Schools had already used $544,560. This late decision leaves the Springfield

Public Schools with a large gap in their budget, with only four months left in the fiscal year.

Nearly ninety percent of the students served by the district come from low income homes, and

the schools have been proactive in providing technology to support the digital-age teaching and

learning for the students, but without the funding to improve programs, this cannot be done.

Both myself, and the Springfield Public School District, would greatly appreciate any assistance

you can provide for both the funding for basic maintenance for this school year and the

understanding of the importance of helping Districts maintain networks that E-Rate has helped

them install.

Sincerely,

Richard E. Neal

Member of Congress

2208 RAYBURN HOt.iSE OFFICE BUILDING

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PITTSFIELD, MA 01201

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