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JASON SMITH

2230 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING

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May 8, 2014

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Hon. Tom Wheeler, Chairman

WEST PLAINS, MO 65775

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Federal Communications Commission

http://www.jasonsmlth.house.gov

445 12th St., SW

Washington, DC 20554

Dear Chairman Wheeler;

I'm writing to express my appreciation for recent activity at The Federal Communication

Commission (FCC) concerning the provision of broadband to rural America. I am particularly

encouraged by the portions of the Technology Transfer Order, released in January of this year,

which included rural trials to deploy broadband by non-traditional providers.

As you may know, many of my constituents are at risk of being left on the wrong side of

the Digital Divide. Without robust broadband, small towns are losing businesses and rural school

children are lagging behind their urban peers and America is slowly but surely losing many of

the rural places that enrich our national economy and culture.

Your agency's action in requesting expressions of interest to provide rural broadband by

non-traditional recipients of Connect America Funds is an encouraging sign that you and your

staff are exploring creative ways to address the broadband needs of rural America. I understand

that over 1 000 expressions of interest were filed for this program, including projects that would

serve over 1 00 rural electric cooperative service territories. The low population numbers and

sparse density of households make rural areas more difficult from both a business case

standpoint and a service standpoint. Electric cooperatives have a long track record of providing

affordable reliable utility service in challenging areas. In my district, I am pleased that SEMO

Electric Cooperative filed an expression of interest. If funded this project would bring broadband

service to 26,535 of my constituents.

Thank you in advance for your full and fair consideration of this application and I ask

that you please keep me apprised of its progress. I encourage you to begin the rural broadband

trials as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,

Jason Smith

MEMBER OF CONGRESS

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