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July 8, 2014
The Honorable Tom Wheeler
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
Member of Congress
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