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BOB GOODLATIE

COMMITTEE ON 1li£ JUDICIARY

6TH DISTRICT, VIRGINIA

CHAIRMAN

2309 RAYBURN HOUSE OfFICE BUILDING

WASHINGTON, DC 20515-4600

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The Honorable Thomas Wheeler

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Washington, DC 20SS4

Dear Chairman Wheeler:

As you know, the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 codified a long standing policy

commitment to ensure universal service in the provision of telecommunications service. Also included in

this Act was the establishment of the schools and libraries, orE-rate, program. Under this program,

telecommunications service, Internet access, and internal connections are provided at discounts ranging

from 20% to 90% to eligible schools and libraries. I write to share my concerns with your proposal to

modernize theE-Rate program, which is scheduled to be considered by the Federal Communications

Commission at a meeting on July 11,2014.

One component of this plan is to promote Wi-Fi and phase down support of non-broadband

services. In rural areas of our country, including in the Sixth District of Virginia, basic Internet

connectivity is a challenge, Jet alone harnessing Wi-Fi.

Should the FCC begin to limit their expenditures

on basic non-broadband services, rural schools and libraries may sec their access to Internet decreased -

the exact opposite goal of theE-Rate program.

Additionally, reports that your proposal includes altering theE-Rate program's funding formula

from a needs-based system to a per-student or per-square foot formula are concerning. These types of

measures would likely disadvantage schools and libraries in rural communities as the need for better

ielecommunications services grows.

I ask that you reconsider this proposal and work with those will be directly impacted by changes

in the E-Rate program. It is clear that technologies have changed greatly since the passage of the

Telecommunications Act of 1996, and I am encouraged that a conversation to modernize theE-Rate

program has begun. It is important, however, that we recognize the challenges still faced in many rural

parts of our nation before making one-size-fits-all changes.

I look forward to bearing bow the FCC will renew their commitment to serve all eligible schools

and libraries and work with both urban and rural communities before implementing any modernizing

changes.

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Bob Goodlatte

Member of Congress

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6th District, Virginia

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U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

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