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AprilS, 2014

Chairman Thomas Wheeler

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street SW

Washington, DC 20554

Dear Chairman Wheeler:

We are writing to express our support for North Carolina's efforts to be a showcase

state for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as the FCC works on

implementation of the ConnectEd initiative and the E-rate program.

As you learned recently from Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest and State Superintendent of

Public Instruction June Atkinson, North Carolina has invested heavily in digital learning

since 2005. Over $150 million in state funds have served as a match to E-rate funds

distributed to the State's public school districts and public charter schools. As a result,

97% of North Carolina's K-12 schools will be served with dedicated fiber connections by

July 2014.

While our state has made great strides in building critical infrastructure, only 22% of

students have the "desktop access" they will need to take full advantage of digital learning

opportunities. Since 2005, a bipartisan commitment has been made by all the relevant

policymaking bodies in North Carolina, from the Governor, General Assembly and others, to

address this challenge by fully integrating digital content within North Carolina's

classrooms. Improving the internal wired and wireless networks within our schools is now

a key focus.

As you continue your implementation of the E-rate program, it is clear that the nation

would benefit from a select few states serving as models to others, demonstrating the

planning, policy framework and sustainable funding required for the K-12 transition to

digital learning. North Carolina has positioned itself to be just that model. We look

forward to working with you.

Thank you for your kind attention and consideration.




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Richard Burr

United States Senator

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David Price

Member of Congress

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Mike Mcintyre

Member of Congress

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Patrick McHenry

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Renee Ellmers

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Richard Hudson

Mark Meadows

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Robert Pittenger

Member of Congress

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