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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

WASHINGTON

O FFI C E OF

July 23, 2014

THE C H A IRMAN

The Honorable Steve Southerland II

U.S. House of Representatives

1129 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Southerland:

Thank you for your recent letter regarding the Black Television News Channel's

("BTNC") waiver request. Your views will be taken into consideration and your letter will be

entered into the record for this proceeding.

As you are aware, Congress has imposed certain requirements on Direct Broadcast

Satellite (DBS) carriers, including the requirement to reserve a percentage of channel capacity

for noncommercial educational or informational programming. Commission rules currently

require four percent of a DBS carrier's channel capacity to be reserved exclusively for

noncommercial programming of an educational or informational nature.ยท

BTNC recently filed a request for a three-year waiver from this requirement. On May 15,

2014, the Media Bureau released a Public Notice requesting comments on BTNC's waiver

request. The comment periods have closed, and the Media Bureau has started its review of the

record developed.

I hope this information is helpful, and I appreciate your interest in this matter.

Sincerely,

Tom Wheeler

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