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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Tom Latham

U.S. House of Representatives

2217 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Latham:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Bob Latta

U.S. House of Representatives

2448 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Latta:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

0MP4ISS"0

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Dave Loebsack

U.S. House of Representatives

1527 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Loebsack:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

°AIMISS'

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Billy Long

U.S. House of Representatives

1541 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Long:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

aZ

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Frank Lucas

U.S. House of Representatives

2311 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Lucas:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Blame Luetkemeyer

U.S. House of Representatives

2440 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Luetkemeyer:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

A1MISS\0

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Cynthia Lummis

U.S. House of Representatives

113 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congresswoman Lummis:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Mike McIntyre

U.S. House of Representatives

2428 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman McIntyre:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

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OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable David McKinley

U.S. House of Representatives

412 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman McKinley:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

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OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

June 30, 2014

The Honorable Mark Meadows

U.S. House of Representatives

1516 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Meadows:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

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OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Luke Messer

U.S. House of Representatives

508 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Messer:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Michael Michaud

U.S. House of Representatives

1724 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Michaud:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

AftiSS?'

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Kristi Noem

U.S. House of Representatives

1323 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congresswoman Noem:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

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Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Rick Nolan

U.S. House of Representatives

2447 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Nolan:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the

Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

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OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Alan Nunnelee

U.S. House of Representatives

1427 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Nunnelee:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Steve Pearce

U.S. House of Representatives

2432 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Pearce:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Tom Petri

U.S. House of Representatives

2462 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Petri:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Chellie Pingree

U.S. House of Representatives

1318 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congresswoman Pingree:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Reid Ribble

U.S. House of Representatives

1513 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Ribble:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21 st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Harold Rogers

U.S. House of Representatives

2406 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Rogers:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Todd Rokita

U.S. House of Representatives

236 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Rokita:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the ConnectAmerica Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OOMISSO'

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Aaron Schock

U.S. House of Representatives

328 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Schock:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

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OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Kurt Schrader

U.S. House of Representatives

108 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Schrader:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASH INGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Jim Sensenbrenner

U.S. House of Representatives

2449 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Sensenbrenner:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

J

WASHINGTON

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OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Adrian Smith

U.S. House of Representatives

2241 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Smith:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21 St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Jason Smith

U.S. House of Representatives

2230 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Smith:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Coimect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable John Shimkus

U.S. House of Representatives

2452 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Shimkus:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

CbAqMS\o$

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Chris Stewart

U.S. House of Representatives

323 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Stewart:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Lee Terry

U.S. House of Representatives

2266 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Terry:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return calTiers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASH INGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Mac Thornberry

U.S. House of Representatives

2329 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Thornberry:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

21

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Scott Tipton

U.S. House of Representatives

218 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Tipton:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASH INGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable David Valadao

U.S. House of Representatives

1004 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Valadao:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

'S

WASH INGTON

OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Filemon Vela

U.S. House of Representatives

437 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Vela:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Tim Walberg

U.S. House of Representatives

418 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Walberg:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASH INGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Jackie Walorski

U.S. House of Representatives

419 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congresswoman Walorski:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21 st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASH INGTON

\ISo4

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Tim Walz

U.S. House of Representatives

1034 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Walz:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

J)

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

The Honorable Peter Welch

U.S. House of Representatives

2303 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Welch:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21St century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASH INGTON

OFFICE OF

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THE CHAIRMAN

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The Honorable Edward Whitfield

U.S. House of Representatives

2184 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Whitfield:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

MIS0

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Joe Wilson

U.S. House of Representatives

2229 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Wilson:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

AIMISSO

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Steve Womack

U.S. House of Representatives

1119 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Womack:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

lMISS\0

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Don Young

U.S. House of Representatives

2314 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C.

20515

Dear Congressman Young:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming."

We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Todd Young

U.S. House of Representatives

1721 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Young:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

'IMISS0

June 30, 2014

OFFICE OF

THE CHAIRMAN

The Honorable Doug Lamborn

U.S. House of Representatives

2402 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Lamborn:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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:'

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

OFFICE OF

June 30, 2014

The Honorable Doug LaMalfa

U.S. House of Representatives

506 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman LaMalfa:

Thank you for your letter supporting the creation of a Connect America mechanism for areas

served by rural rate-of-return carriers, and a method to provide support for broadband-only lines. This

is one of the key issues that the Commission raised in the Connect America Fund Further Notice of

Proposed Rulemaking that we adopted in April. Your views are on this matter are very important, and

will be included in the record of the proceeding and considered as part of the Commission's review.

The universal service program is one of the most important tools at our disposal to ensure that

consumers and businesses in rural America have the same opportunities as their urban and suburban

counterparts to be active participants in the United States of the 21st century. I agree with you that the

existing universal service mechanisms for rate-of-return carriers "represent a real obstacle to the

broadband future toward which we are all aiming." We are focused on updating the universal service

program to ensure that we are delivering the best possible voice and broadband experiences to rural

America within the confines of our Connect America budget, while providing increased certainty and

predictability for all carriers and a climate for increased broadband expansion.

To that end, in April the Commission voted to move forward with Phase II of the Connect

America Fund for price-cap carriers, and took several steps to improve the climate for broadband

investment in areas served by incumbent rate-of-return carriers. In particular, we eliminated the

Quantile Regression Analysis benchmarks rule because it was not serving its intended purpose. In

addition, in the above-mentioned Further Notice, the Commission proposed a stand-alone broadband

funding mechanism for rate-of-return carriers and sought comment on how to support the deployment

of broadband-capable networks by rate-of-return carriers within the current budget for the program.

We expect a robust record on how a standalone broadband mechanism could be structured to provide

support consistent with the $2 billion budget for rate-of-return territories.

I appreciate your interest in this matter, and I look forward to working with you as we continue

the work of reforming and modernizing the universal service fund high-cost program - as well as other

components of the Fund - to ensure that all Americans have access to robust voice and broadband

services.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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