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WASHINGTON OFFICE

COMMITTEE:

2266 RAYBURN HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING

ENERGY AND COMMERCE

WASHINGTON, DC 20515

SUBCOMMITTEES

(202) 225-4155

CHAIRMAN , COMMERCE, MANUFACTURING

AND TRADE

OISTRICT OFFICE

117 17 BURT STREET, SUITE 106

COMMUNICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY

OMAHA, NE 68154

(402) 397-9944

ENERGY AND POWER

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June 5, 2014

Chairman Tom Wheeler

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th St SW

Washington, DC 20536

Dear Chairman Wheeler,

I urge the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to come to a prompt resolution

on a Low-Power FM application for North Omaha, Nebraska, as well as "mutually exclusive"

applications across the country.

I authored the legislation that enabled several new LPFM

stations in Omaha and across the nation. I have recently learned that the application process has

slowed down significantly.

One party-

which has filed 245 applications for separate LPFM licenses-

has no

presence or ties to the Omaha area, but is mutually exclusive with a constituent who has applied

for the same frequency. Now, I understand that fourteen of this party's applications have recently

been dismissed due to technicalities. However, because this applicant applied for the same

frequency as my constituent, it appears that the earliest the issue can be resolved is 2015.

Organizations are free to apply for LPFM licenses so long as they meet certain criteria.

But I believe that any applicant doing so for the purpose of extracting settlement fees or to delay

other applicants is subverting the intent of the Local Community Radio Act.

My colleagues and I did not write this law to give applicants the opportunity to arbitrage

a license. The law was written so that communities like North Omaha have a true local voice.

The people from this community deserve a fair shot at an LPFM station, and right now they're

experiencing delays to no fault of their own. I hope the FCC will do everything in its power to

resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

Thank you, as always, for your consideration.

~~~

LeeT

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MEMBER OF

NGRESS

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