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CHRIS GIBSON

HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

19th District, New York

Subcommittee on General Farm

Commodities end Risk Management

1708 Longworth Building

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Subcommittee on Livestock,

(202) 225-5614

Rural Development, and Credit

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Subcommittee on Intelligence,

Emerging Threats, and Capabilities

Subcommittee on Military Personnel

June 20, 2014

Hon. Tom Wheeler, Chairman

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th St., SW

Washington, DC 20554

Dear Chairman Wheeler:

I am writing to express my support for the expression of interest that was filed by the Otsego

Electric Cooperative, Inc to provide rural broadband through the Connect America Fund.

As you may know, many of my constituents are at risk of being left on the wrong side of the Digital

Divide. Without robust broadband, small towns are losing business, healthcare facilities are having

their abilities restricted, and rural school children are often unable to complete homework at home

without access to high-speed broadband.

The sparse density of households in rutal Otsego County, New York make expanding broadband in

this area more difficult from both a business case standpoint and a service standpoint, the Otsego

Electric Cooperative is prepared to take on those challenges.

The proposal extends fiber optics to 4,700 rutal homes in centtal New York served by Otsego

Electric Cooperative, and also allows for the use of fiber optics at all of the substations which

would, in turn, create a fiber optic loop around all of Otsego County. This loop becomes a fiber

backbone which will be accessible to provides to utilize when providing last-mile services to

residents. This structure is critical to expanding access in rutal New York.

I ask that you give this expression of interest full and fair consideration and that you please keep me

apprised of its progress. You may ditect all correspondence to my District office at PO Box 775,

Kinderhook, NY 12106 or by fax to 518-610-8135. If you have any questions, please call my office

at 518-610-8133.

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