WASHINGTON, DC 20510
JOINT ECONOMIC COMM ITIEE
RULES AND ADM INISTRATION
The Honorable Tom Wheeler
Federal Communications Commission
445 lih Street S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554
Dear Chairman Wheeler:
I am writing in support of your efforts to include rural broadband experiments as part of your
January 31 , 2014 Technology Transitions Order. Broadband access should be available to all
Americans, regardless of where they live. I request that you give careful consideration to the 64
expressions of interest from rural Minnesota telecommunications providers.
With a helping hand from the FCC to boost broadband access and deployment, I believe that
these proposed experiments will result in the discovery of new and efficient ways of providing
broadband access to small towns and rural areas. Allowing rural providers to experiment and
find local solutions to improve access to broadband will ensure that businesses, families and
students can utilize these connections to help boost local economies and compete in a global
As our legacy phone systems age and we transition to a digital era it is critically important to
bring broadband to all comers of the country. The increasing importance of broadband has a
direct impact on our nation's competitiveness, economy, and national security. Just as innovative
entities in Minnesota worked to bring electricity and telephone service to every home in the
1930s, we must now ensure in today's 21st century economy that every home and business has
access to high speed, affordable internet.
Thank you for your efforts to expand rural broadband internet access and your careful
consideration of the expressions of interest submitted by Minnesota entities for the rural
United States Senator
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