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BILLY LONG

1541 LONGWORTH HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING

WASHINGTON, DC 20515

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(PHONE) (202) 225~536

(FAX) (202) 225- 5604

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July 10, 2014

The Honorable Tom Wheeler

Chairman

Federal Communications Commission

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Dear Chairman Wheeler:

Tomorrow the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is scheduled to vote on a proposal

which would make significant changes to theE-Rate program; this program is designed to help

schools and libraries connect to the Internet and enhance our educational system, which I believe

is an excellent goal.

The proposal from what I have seen promises over $5 billion for Wi-Fi but doesn' t identify

where the money will come from to fund this new program. While the source of funding is a

concern, a larger concern to my school districts and constituents in Southwest Missouri is how

the funding would be distributed under the proposal should the FCC approve it. The proposed

changes threaten the sustainability ofE-rate program and shift the focus away from the

program' s neediest entities; the proposal also undermines the ability of the program to ensure

Priority One services. These changes include a shift to per-pupil funding, calculating poverty at

the district and not school level, consideration of pilot projects and elimination of legacy

services, including phone and web hosting, among others. These changes would severely

disadvantage smaller, rural schools such as the ones in my district.

I understand the need to serve large urban school districts with significant needs, however the

proposed shift is not an effective means of getting the Internet-era resources to schools and

libraries with the greatest needs. I respectfully request the Commission to look more closely at

this proposal before moving forward with a vote.

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Sincerely,

Bill~~

Member of Congress

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3232 EAST RIDGEVIEW STREET

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