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STATEMENT OF

CHAIRMAN THOMAS E. WHEELER

Re: Inquiry Concerning the Deployment of Advanced Telecommunications Capability to All

Americans in a Reasonable and Timely Fashion, and Possible Steps to Accelerate Such

Deployment Pursuant to Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, as Amended by the

Broadband Data Improvement Act, GN Docket No. 14-126.

Congress has instructed us that all Americans should have access to robust broadband services,

no matter where they live. Because consumers demand increasing levels of bandwidth capacity to

support the applications they want to use online, we are asking if it is time to update the benchmark

broadband speed.

And as more people adopt faster broadband speeds, we are asking if all consumers,

even in the most rural regions, should have greater access to better broadband.

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