WASHINGTON. DC 205 10-0905
June 4, 2014
The Honorable Tom Wheeler
Federal Communications Commission
445 Twelfth Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
Dear Chairman Wheeler:
Thank you for your efforts to strengthen and modernize theE-Rate program to
meet the modern digital connectivity needs of American schools and libraries. I share
your desire to rapidly expand high-speed broadband connections to all eligible providers.
As you move forward with these efforts, I encourage you to consider flexible
approaches that may allow enhanced broadband connectivity in traditionally underserved
areas. In Florida, for example, a number of schools and libraries in the Panhandle and
central part of the State currently have limited access to affordable, high-capacity
broadband connections to serve their increasing needs. It is my understanding that three
Florida rural educational consortia recently highlighted these challenges to Commission
staff at a May 6, 2014, E-Rate Modernization Workshop.
I urge you to consider the views of these three Florida rural educational consortia.
Specifically, the Commission may want to consider allowing these entities, when they are
unable to receive bids for competitively priced services, to useE-Rate funds for certain
connections between impacted rural schools and libraries in their communities.
Thank you in advance for your consideration of these concerns, and for your
continued support of a robust E-Rate program.
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