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Released: July 17, 2014
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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS

C OMMISS ION

WAS HINGTON

0FFIC~ OF

June 30,2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Fred Upton

Chairman

Committee on Energy and Commerce

U.S. House ofRepresentatives

2125 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Upton:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration of licenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition."'

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T -Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

1 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act § 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 309G)(I7)(b).

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Page 2-

The Honorable Fred Upton

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-

regardless of their zip code-greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATION S COMMI S SION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRM AN

The Honorable Greg Walden

Chairman

Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

Committee on Energy and Commerce

U.S. House of Representatives

2125 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Walden:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration of licenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition."2

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

2 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act § 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 309G)(17)(b).

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Page 2- The Honorable Greg Walden

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-

regardless of their zip code-

greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE C H AIRMAN

The Honorable Joe Barton

U.S. House of Representatives

2107 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Barton:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration oflicenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition."3

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

3 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act § 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 3090)( 17)(b).

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Page 2-

The Honorable Joe Barton

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-

regardless of their zip code-greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Sincerely,

--;J;:;/£1-

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICAT IONS COMMISSION

W ASHINGTON

OFTICE OF

June 30,2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Marsha Blackburn

U.S. House of Representatives

217 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congresswoman Blackburn:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration of licenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition.'A

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

4 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act § 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 3090)(1 7)(b).

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Page 2- The Honorable Marsha Blackburn

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-

regardless of their zip code-greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

T H E C

H AIR M A N

The Honorable Renee Ellmers

U.S. House of Representatives

426 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congresswoman Ellmers:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration of licenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition."5

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

5 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act§ 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 3090)(17)(b).

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Page 2-

The Honorable Renee Ellmers

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-

regardless of their zip code-greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Sincerely,

--:;;:;-~

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

W ASH I NGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Cory Gardner

U.S. House of Representatives

213 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressmn Gardner:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration of licenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition. "6

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

6 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act§ 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 309G)(17)(b).

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Page 2-

The Honorable Cory Gardner

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-

regardless of their zip code-greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Sincerely,

Torn Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OF"FIC E OF"

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Brett Guthrie

U.S. House ofRepresentatives

308 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Guthrie:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration of licenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition."7

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T -Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

7 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act § 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 3090)( 17)(b).

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Page 2-

The Honorable Brett Guthrie

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-

regardless of their zip code--greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE Of

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Adam Kinzinger

U.S. House ofRepresentatives

1221 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressrnn Kinzinger:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration of licenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition."8

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

8 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act§ 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 309G)(17)(b).

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Page 2-

The Honorable Adam Kinzinger

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-

regardless oftheir zip code-

greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Sincerely,

-:;;;-/(/-

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICAT IONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OF'F'ICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Leonard Lance

U.S. House of Representatives

133 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Lance:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration of licenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition."9

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

9 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act§ 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 309G)(17)(b).

image18-00.jpg612x792

Page 2-

The Honorable Leonard Lance

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-

regardless of their zip code-greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Sincerely,

---;;;#(~

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

W ASH I NGTON

OF"FICE OF"

June 30, 2014

T H E C H AI RMAN

The Honorable Bob Latta

U.S. House of Representatives

2448 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Latta:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration oflicenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition."10

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

10 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act§ 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 309(j)(l7)(b).

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Page 2-

The Honorable Bob Latta

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-

regardless of their zip code-greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Sincerely,

-;;;;;-4

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSIO N

WASHINGTON

OFFIC E OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIR M A N

The Honorable Billy Long

U.S. House of Representatives

1541 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Long:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration of licenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition."''

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

11 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act§ 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 309U)( l7)(b).

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Page 2-

The Honorable Billy Long

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-

regardless of their zip code-greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

image23-00.jpg612x792

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

O FFICE OF

June 30, 2014

T H E: CH"I RMA N

The Honorable Mike Pompeo

U.S. House of Representatives

I 07 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Pompeo:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration of licenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition."12

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

12 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act§ 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 3090)( 17)(b).

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Page 2-

The Honorable Mike Pompeo

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-

regardless of their zip code-

greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

image25-00.jpg612x792

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

Of"F"ICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Mike J. Rogers

U.S. House ofRepresentatives

2112 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Rogers:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration oflicenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition."13

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T -Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

13 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act § 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 3090)( 17)(b).

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The Honorable Mike J. Rogers

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-regardless of their zip code-greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Sincerely,

~4

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COM M UN !CATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE: OF

June 30, 2014

THE: CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Steve Scalise

U.S. House of Representatives

2338 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Scalise:

Thank you for sharing your views on the importance of the Broadcast Incentive Auction.

I agree with you that the Incentive Auction represents an incredible opportunity for the United

States.

Consumers are best served when numerous service providers compete. Competition

lowers prices, improves quality, and increases innovation. To encourage such competition,

Congress directed the Commission to protect the public interest by including safeguards when

specifying the classes and characteristics of licenses issued by competitive bidding and to

promote competition by avoiding excessive concentration of licenses. Section 6404 of the

Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, reaffirmed the Commission's authority to "adopt

and enforce rules of general applicability, including rules concerning spectrum aggregation that

promote competition." 14

Spectrum in the new 600 MHz band is particularly valuable. While other cost-related

factors exist, access to a sufficient amount of low-band spectrum is a threshold requirement for

extending service and improving competition in both rural and urban areas. For this reason, in

the Mobile Spectrum Holdings proceeding, the Commission recently adopted rules that

maximize our ability to bring valuable spectrum to market, raise required revenues at auction,

and fulfill our statutory obligation to preserve and promote competition in the wireless

marketplace.

These rules appropriately balance the goals of promoting competition and making more

spectrum available to all wireless providers. Many in the industry share this view. Indeed,

following the Commission's adoption of the Mobile Spectrum Holdings Report and Order, I was

pleased to see positive statements from providers of all sizes, including some of the largest

nationwide providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as smaller providers like U.S.

Cellular and C-Spire. AT&T, in particular, has indicated that it plans to vigorously participate in

the Incentive Auction.

14 Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act§ 6404 codified at 47 U.S.C. § 309G)(I7)(b).

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The Honorable Steve Scalise

Designed with the goal of preserving and promoting competition, the Incentive Auction

can deliver to consumers-

regardless of their zip code-greater choices, improved services, and

lower costs.

Thank you again for apprising me of your views on this important matter.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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