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Notice of Ex Parte Meeting with Philip Verveer, Senior Counselor, in the Office of Chairman Tom Wheeler, June 2, 2015

Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary
Federal Communications Commission
Office of the Secretary
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554
Re: In the Matter of Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum
Through Incentive Auctions (Docket No. 12-268)

Dear Ms. Dortch:

This letter is to notify you that on June 2, 2015, Patrick Butler, President and CEO, and Lonna Thompson, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, of the Association of Public Television Stations (“APTS”) met with Philip Verveer, Senior Counselor, in the Office of Chairman Tom Wheeler.

The purpose of our visit was to urge adoption of preventative measures to ensure that the broadcast spectrum incentive auction does not create unserved areas in major markets where millions of Americans could lose access to noncommercial educational service. APTS expressed broad support for a timely and successful incentive auction and the goal of expanding access to broadband, which is a platform that APTS has found through experience to be highly complementary to over-the-air distribution. Nonetheless, given that there are major markets at risk where reliance solely on over-the-air television is almost twenty percent of the population and over thirty percent in underserved minority populations, it is critical that the Commission ensure continued access to noncommercial educational broadcast service. APTS advised that there is a risk of the incentive auction creating unprecedented “white areas” in dozens of communities across the country.

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