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JUL/10/2014/THU 02:47PM

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July 8, 2014

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The Honorable Tom Wheeler

Chairman

Federal Communications Commission

44 5 12th Street Southwest

Washington, DC 20554-0004

Dear Chairman Wheeler,

Please accept this letter in support of Black Television News Chamlel's (B'INC)

application (MB DOCKET NO. 14-77) before the FCC to facilitate a public-private

partnership between Florida A&M University and B'INC.

The partnership is designed to bring 14 hours per day of news, informational and

educational programming targeted to an underserved minority audience. The network

would foster greater understanding of the social, economic and other challenges faced by

minority populations. Additionally, the partnership would provide !Ill excellent

opportunity for students at Florida A&M to gain real world experience through

internships and other educational programs.

It is my understanding that in order to launch this project the partnership will need

to temporarily operate in the Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) public interest space for

the first three years as a nonprofit entity. The networlc will need to sell a limited amount

of advertising to offset the high cost of producing original news content daily.

As you know, the purpose of the DBS public interest set-aside is to promote a

diverse array of informational and educational programming. To this end, I believe that

the FCC would be serving the public interest mandate by approving this application.

Thank you for your consideration of my vie

Spencer jachus

Member of Congress

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