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ROBERT P CASEY, JR.

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AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION.

AND FORESTRY

FINANCE

HEALTH, EDUCATION

WASHINGTON, DC 20510

LABOR, AND PENSIONS

SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON AGING

JOINT ECONOMIC

May I, 2014

The Honorable Tom Wheeler

Chairman

Federal Communications Commission

450 12th Street, SW

Washington, DC

Dear Mr. Chairman:

I understand that the Federal Communications Commission is making efforts to modernize theE-rate

program. In your efforts to improve E-rate, I believe that the FCC should maintain those aspects of

the program that are that are already effective, important to my constituents, and vital to the future of

education.

Web hosting provides an important service. School websites enabled by modem web hosting services

are dynamic hubs from which schools perform critical educational functions. Today's school

websites are powerful tools to support community engagement, emergency communication, parental

involvement, and digital learning initiatives.

School administrators tell me that if web hosting services were de-funded, so called "free services"

would be unacceptable as substitutes due to the unique needs of and concerns related to child

privacy, advertising, and security. Without E-rate support for web-hosting, districts might have to

make cuts in other areas of their already-strained budgets to find the means to pay for their service.

Web hosting involves only I% of E-rate funds and is among the most cost-effective services funded

by E-rate. School leaders report that phasing out support for web hosting would create a significant

financial hardship for their districts due to their very limited budgets. These applicants would need to

find additional resources to pay for their non-discounted share of broadband services, which would

undermine the achievement of the FCCs broadband goals.

As the Commission works to modernize E-rate, I urge you to maintain web hosting. I believe that this

step will allow the FCC to maximize its positive impact on America's schools and the future of

education. Thank you for your consideration of my views.

Sincerely,

Robert P. Casey, Jr.

United States

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