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MIKE MciNTYRE

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The Honorable Thomas Wheeler

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FCC Mail Room

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street SW

Washington, DC 20554

May 1,2014

Dear Chainnan Wheeler:

Rural Americans rely on an array of communications services to meet their varied economic, security,

and personal needs. Wireless service plays an increasingly important role in meeting these demands with

each passing year. With this in mind, I urge the FCC to take all necessary steps to ensure that multiple

interested parties have an opportunity to obtain scarce wireless spectrum to ensure that advanced mobile

voice and broadband services are fully deployed in hard-to-serve areas.

As you know, wireless service helps drive investment and economic growth for consumers, farmers,

ranchers, and businesses in sparsely-populated areas. It is not only essential for economic sustainability

and job creation in rural communities, but also for the needs of first responders, schools, and health care

centers. The benefits of wireless service for rural communities are incalculable.

However, wireless services in rural areas often do not meet consumers' needs and expectations. The

upcoming incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum will provide the FCC a rare opportunity to ensure a

variety of interested providers are able to obtain quality spectrum and use it to deploy advanced services

in all areas of the country. No additional spectrum with similar characteristics will be made available for

the foreseeable future. In order to take full advantage of wireless opportunities, all providers need access

to adequate spectrum to satisfy consumer demand for mobile services.

Policies that promote universal access and opportunities should be a goal as the Commission sets its

spectrum priorities and adopts rules for the upcoming auction. Therefore, I urge the FCC to encourage

wireless competition that will promote robust deployment in rural areas. Especially in the case of wireless

services in rural markets, more must be done to support better service and consumer choice.

Sincerely,

Mike Mcintyre

Member of Congress

2428 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING

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ELIZABETHTOWN, NC 28337

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FAX: (202) 225--5773

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SMITHFIELD, NC 27577

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