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Chairman Tom Wheeler

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Federal Communications Commission

445 l2th Street, SW

FCC Mait Room

Washington, DC 20554-0005

Chairman Wheeler,

As the U.S. Representative for Arizona's District One, I write to lend my support to Navajo

Pillars Telecommunications, Inc. (NPT), a minority-owned business that is applyrng for Eligible

Telecommunication Carrier designation. NPT submitted a petition to the FCC in September

2013, and I encourage you to carefully consider the request.

Telecommunications infrastructure is critical to a stable economy and is long overdue in the most

remote areas of my district. Without access to telecommunications, rural areas face significant

barriers to economic development and educational and health-care resources.

NPT plans to deploy a telecommunications network in an area of the Navajo Nation where

broadband service has never been made available, namely the Smoke Signal and Blue Gap

Chapter House. The ETC designation will enable NPT to receive financial support from the

FCC's universal service program and make them eligible to apply for a loan from the USDA's

Rural Utilities Service.

My vision for Arizona's 1't Congressional District is a diversified, stable economy - and

telecommunications is an integral part of this. We need to ensure that struggling rural

communities are able to expand access for their residents, schools, health-care providers and

businesses. I urge your cooperation in designating NPT for ETC status.

Sincerely,

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Representative, Arizo

District One

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