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AMY KLOBUCHAR

MINNESOTA

COMMITIEES:

AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION,

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AND FORESTRY

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WASHINGTON, DC 20510

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AND TRANSPORTATION

JOINT ECONOMIC COMM ITIEE

JUDICIARY

May 20,2014

RULES AND ADM INISTRATION

The Honorable Tom Wheeler

Chairman

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

marketplace.

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

broadband experiments.

Sincerely,

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United States Senator

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