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May 9, 2014


The Honorable Tom Wheeler


Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street, S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20554

Dear Chairman Wheeler,

As the Federal Communications Commission moves to finalize rules for the first-of-its-

kind incentive auction of broadcast television spectrum, it has indicated its intention to

propose rules to ensure every carrier has the opportunity to bid and win this beachfront

spectrum and consumers, including those living in rural areas lacking sufficient mobile

broadband coverage, enjoy the benefits of competition. These goals are one key part of

the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of2012, which granted the FCC

authority to conduct an incentive auction. We commend you for your work in support of

the Act and its goals.

In establishing the anticipated rules for mobile spectrum holdings and the incentive

auction, the FCC recognizes that generating sufficient revenue for auction priorities and

protecting wireless competition are not mutually exclusive. The Public Safety Spectrum

Act contains several critical funding priorities for the incentive auction, including funding

any remaining portion ofthe $7 billion allotted for a nationwide public safety broadband

network, incentivizing broadcasters to sell their spectrum, and reducing the national debt.

At the same time, among other objectives, the Public Safety and Spectrum Act preserves

the FCC's authority to promote competition and to protect against undue concentration of

spectrum holdings.

The FCC has crafted a transparent auction structure that accurately recognizes the unique

value of low-band spectrum. We are heartened to hear that the FCC intends to ensure

sufficient auction revenue to accomplish public interest objectives identified in the Act,

including the full funding of the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet, as well

as sufficiently broad-based and robust competition to protect consumers' interests in

innovation and expanded wireless broadband service in urban and rural areas alike. In

particular, we believe that a proposal to reserve a portion of the available licenses for

carriers with limited nationwide low-frequency holdings will stimulate auction

competition and revenues, ensuring opportunity to bid and win spectrum to enhance and

extend rural build out and improve coverage in all areas, while guarding against

excessive concentration of spectrum resources.



We look forward to working with you to ensure the final rules for the broadcast incentive

auction strike the right balance among the Act's many competing objectives.



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