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WASHINGTON OFFICE

CoMMITTEE ON FoREIGN AFFAIRS

1605 LONGWORTH

WASHINGTON. D.C. 20515

MIDDLE EAsT AND NoRTH AFRICA

(202) 225-8045

TERRORISM, NoNPROLIFERATION, AND TRADE

FAx: (202) 225-9073

COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

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HORTICULTURE, RESEARCH, BIOTECHNOLOGY

AND FOREIGN AGRICULTURE

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COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION

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April16, 2014

The Honorable Tom Wheeler

Chairman

Federal Communications Commission

445 Twelfth Street, SW

Washington, DC 20554

Dear Chairman Wheeler,

I am writing regarding the Federal Communications Commission's implementation of the

spectrum provisions of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. Congress passed those

provisions to achieve a number of important goals: (1) to provide funding to build a nationwide,

wireless, interoperable public safety network; (2) to meet consumers' demand for mobile

broadband and (3) to generate proceeds to reduce the national debt. In order to meet the

revenue goals, television broadcasters must be fairly compensated to give up some of their

spectrum. Achieving these goals will be challenging for the Commission but critical for our

nation.

Additionally, it is my hope that smaller local stations, such as the low-power broadcaster KSDY,

in my district, can be given full and fair consideration during the spectrum auction process. It is

my understanding that the incentive auction has been postponed until mid-2015. I strongly

urge you to use this time to consider the positive impact stations like KSDY can make on our

communities. While these smaller stations can be preempted by other broadcasters and forced

to move channels, I hope the Commission is cognizant of the void these stations fill. I

recommend the Commission consider allowing stations to either upgrade to Class A full-power

licensing or be allocated left-over broadcast spectrum.

As you may recall, the 9/11 Commission recommended the construction of a state of the art

communications network. However, twelve years later this has yet to be implemented. The

construction and operation of this network will be essential when the next disaster strikes, be it

manmade or natural, and our first responders may be called upon to protect our homeland and

save lives.

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Equally important is the country's ability to meet exploding consumer demand for mobile

broadband technology. A recently-released survey by Cisco indicated that American demand for

mobile broadband will increase by eight-fold over the next five years. The technology and

wireless industries' ability to meet this increasing demand will depend on the availability of

spectrum. Private investment in hardware innovation, mobile application development, and

wireless network infrastructure are among the most promising sources of economic growth for

our country.

The success of the spectrum auction will have a significant impact on the United States

economy, given that so many industries rely on advanced, mobile and reliable communications

to expand, hire and invest.

For the auction to be a success, the Commission should maximize participation by both

broadcasters incented to relinquish their spectrum rights and bidders seeking to buy those

rights. Inviting as many bidders as possible will allow for the full market price to be realized

and, in turn, will incentivize greater broadcaster participation resulting in more spectrum for

the auction. This approach will ensure sufficient funding for the construction of a world class,

high-speed wireless broadband public safety network, make spectrum available to keep pace

with the nations mobile broadband needs, and support a pro-growth economy.

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