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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

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OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Cory Gardner

U.S. House of Representatives

213 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Gardner:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Mark Amodei

U.S. House of Representatives

222 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Amodei:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

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OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Ron Barber

U.S. House of Representatives

1029 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Barber:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

The Honorable Andy Barr

U.S. House of Representatives

1432 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Barr:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

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OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

June 30, 2014

The Honorable John Barrow

U.S. House of Representatives

2202 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Barrow:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return telTitories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL CoMMuNIcATIoNS CoMMISSIoN

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

The Honorable Dan Benishek

U.S. House of Representatives

514 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Benishek:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Rob Bishop

U.S. House of Representatives

123 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Bishop:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

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WASHINGTON

OA1MISSA

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Sanford Bishop

U.S. House of Representatives

2429 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Bishop:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return telTitories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

NZ

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Bruce Braley

U.S. House of Representatives

2263 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Braley:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Mo Brooks

U.S. House of Representatives

1230 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Brooks:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Corrine Brown

U.S. House of Representatives

2111 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congresswoman Brown:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Larry Bucshon

U.S. House of Representatives

1005 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Bucshon:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

.olI55'o

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Bill Cassidy

U.S. House of Representatives

1131 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Cassidy:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

June 30, 2014

The Honorable Jason Chaffetz

U.S. House of Representatives

2464 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Chaffetz:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Emanuel Cleaver

U.S. House of Representatives

2335 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Cleaver:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

C'

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OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

June 30, 2014

The Honorable Doug Collins

U.S. House of Representatives

513 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Collins:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Tom Cotton

U.S. House of Representatives

415 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Cotton:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

AfMIs59.

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Kevin Cramer

U.S. House of Representatives

1032 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Cramer:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Rick Crawford

U.S. House of Representatives

1711 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Crawford:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Steve Dames

U.S. House of Representatives

206 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Dames:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

°fMISS'°

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Peter DeFazio

U.S. House of Representatives

2134 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman DeFazio:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

.OAfMIs5\O

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Sean Duffy

U.S. House of Representatives

1208 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Duffy:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Jeff Duncan

U.S. House of Representatives

116 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Duncan:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Bill Enyart

U.S. House of Representatives

1722 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Enyart:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

MISS''

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Blake Farenthold

U.S. House of Representatives

117 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Farenthold:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Stephen Fincher

U.S. House of Representatives

1118 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Fincher:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Virginia Foxx

U.S. House of Representatives

2350 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congresswoman Foxx:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

:.o

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Pete Gallego

U.S. House of Representatives

431 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Gallego:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the

Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

fli'

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Joim Garamendi

U.S. House of Representatives

2438 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Garamendi:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return telTitories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Chris Gibson

U.S. House of Representatives

1708 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Gibson:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Louie Gohmert

U.S. House of Representatives

2243 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Gohmert:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

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WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Sam Graves

U.S. House of Representatives

1415 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Graves:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Tim Griffin

U.S. House of Representatives

1232 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Griffin:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

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-.

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable H. Morgan Griffith

U.S. House of Representatives

1108 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Griffith:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Raul Grijalva

U.S. House of Representatives

1511 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Grijalva:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21 st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

MIss\o''

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Brett Guthrie

U.S. House of Representatives

308 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Guthrie:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OAIMISS\O

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Vicky Hartzler

U.S. House of Representatives

1023 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Hartzler:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return caiTiers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

CCAlM IS5\O

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Ruben Hinojosa

U.S. House of Representatives

2262 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Hinojosa:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Bill Johnson

U.S. House of Representatives

1710 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Johnson:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

A1MISS\O

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Derek Kilmer

U.S. House of Representatives

1429 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Kilmer:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WAS H N GTO N

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Steve King

U.S. House of Representatives

2210 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman King:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Ann Kirkpatrick

U.S. House of Representatives

330 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congresswoman Kirkpatrick:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Ann Kuster

U.S. House of Representatives

137 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congresswoman Kuster:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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