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The Honorable Gary Locke Department of Commerce 1401 Constitution Ave NW

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Dear Secretary Locke,

I am writing in support of the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative's (UASI) application for a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

If awarded, this funding will be used to complete the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BA YWEB) system. This network is a subsystem of the Public Safety Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS). The design of the network will utilize licensed 700MHz spectrum for Public Safety users and unlicensed spectrum for non-public safety users (for key institutions or sectors requiring resiliency) to build a mission critical broadband network. This resilient network will be designed to provide day to day interoperability for public safety users and a partitioned segment will provide resilient broadband for key institutions critical to the recovery efforts after a disaster.

The project has strong support from Bay Area governments and public safety agencies. As a United States Senator representing the State of California, I thank you for giving this grant proposal your full consideration.

Sincerely,

Dianne Feinstein United States Senator

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The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

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Dear Honorable Strickling:

I am writing in support of the Bay Area Public/Private Partnership for the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) System, a regional 4G LTE broadband system.

BayWEB is a multi-jurisdictional project that encompasses all ten Bay Area counties. This system will provide high speed broadband services and information which shares capability throughout the region. Funding BayWEB will support the underserved regional public safety first responders by enhancing emergency communications in this high risk area. It is should be a high priority to support our police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel and to help restructure and improve emergency communications using a comprehensive, unified approach.

I support the efforts of the San Francisco Bay Area in their pursuit of providing an efficient, effective, regional broadband system. I ask that their grant application under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Phase II Program be given full and fair consideration consistent with applicable laws and regulations. Thank you.

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The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

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Dear Assistant Secretary Strickling:

I am writing to request that serious consideration be given to the Bay Area Public/Private Partnership's application for funding from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), for the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (Bay WEB) System.

BayWEB is a regional 4G broadband network for use by public safety agencies in ten Bay Area counties. It is my understanding that BTOP funds would be used to complete this network. The applicant reports that BayWEB will enhance the daily operations of public safety agencies, build on existing communications infrastructure, and provide a resilient network for critical communications during emergencies.

Thank you for giving full and fair consideration to this application, consistent with all applicable laws and. regulations.

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Mr. Lawrence E. Strickling Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration 1401 Constitution Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20230

Dear Administrator Strickling:

I am writing in support of the Bay Area Public Safety Agencies' application for funding from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

Funding from this grant opportunity will be used to expand current mobile data capabilities through the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband system, a multijurisdictional collaboration of the San Francisco Bay Area's 10 counties and over 100 cities. This broadband network will provide high speed broadband services and information sharing capability throughout the region for police, fire, and EMS first responders. A warding the BTOP grant would support the enhancement and expansion of public safety broadband infrastructure in underserved areas in my district.

I ask that you give the Bay Area Public Safety Agencies' application for funding all due consideration consistent with applicable laws and regulations. Additionally, I ask that you provide my office with updates, as appropriate, regarding the status of the Bay Area Public Safety Agencies' application. If you have any questions, please contact myself or Chris Margaronis, Legislative Correspondent, in my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-1947.

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The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration United States Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Administrator Strickling,

I am writing to support the application for Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding for the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) System. BayWEB is a subsystem of the Bay Area Regional Interoperability Communications System (BayRICS). It will build an innovative, first of its kind, strong and resilient 4G, L TE broadband network through a public-private partnership. This regional solution is a collaboration of the ten Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, San Francisco, Solano, and Sonoma that will tackle the critical communications challenges faced by first responders.

Regional interoperable communications are critical to providing rapid and effective emergency response to any event, both during a major emergency and day-to-day. The BayWEB project will help provide important broadband coverage and capacity required for first responders in multiple jurisdictions in the event of a terrorist event or disaster. Specifically, the grant will fund equipment, software and services to establish a broadband network that will allow first responders to share both voice and data.

Funding BayWEB will support the underserved regional public safety first responders by enhancing emergency communications in the Bay Area. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

MARK LENO Senator, 3rd District

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March 24, 2010

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling, Assistant Secretary and Administrator National Telecommunications and Information Administration

U.S. Department of Commerce

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HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Re: BayWEB Application for aTOP Funding

Dear Secretary Strickling:

I am writing to provide the California Public Utilities Commission's strong support for the application of the Bay Area Public/Private Partnership for BTOP funding for its public safety broadband system. The Partnership is seeking BTOP funding to build the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (Bay WEB) System, a regional4G L TE broadband system utilizing existing public safety infrastructure investments where feasible.

The Commission has beenpart of a broad coalition of key stakeholders across California that are developing a shared vision for emergency communication in the state. This vision includes the creation of robust, sustainable broadband networks throughout the state that will enable first responders and those they depend on to communicate with each other and access critical information in a time of need.

We strongly support the BayWEB application for the following reasons:

(1) Through this proposal, the San Francisco Bay Area will be able to take the first step towards providing a standards-based 700/800MHz shared public safety radio system which will support both voice and data interoperability. This is a collaborative multi-jurisdictional project that will provide an interoperable communications network for the City and County of San Francisco, City of Oakland, Alameda County. Marin County, Contra Costa County, and San Mateo County.

(2) For the first time San Francisco Bay Area emergency service first responders will connect

on a common data network.

(3) This is a public-private partnership that will realize significant public benefits.

(4) The project would take years longer and may not even be accomplished without STOP

funding.

(5) The San Francisco Bay Area is identified as one of the highest risk areas for disasters in the

country. As the Bay Area is comprised of numerous related geographic communities it is vital to be able to communicate between agencies in response to a critical incident or disaster.

BayWEB is a multi-jurisdictional project often Bay Area counties and will support regional public safety first responders by enhancing emergency communications in this top risk area.

I urge you to give this application your strongest consideration.

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March 18, 2009

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration United States Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Honorable Strickling:

The Foothill-DeAnza Community College District Police Department is pleased to offer our support and encouragement of the Bay Area Public/Private Partnership for a Public Safety L TE 4G Broadband system and an alternative high speed internet system for use by anchor institutions and private citizens. We understand this regional solution is a collaboration of the Bay Area's 10 counties and 100 cities.

The San Francisco Bay Area is widely diverse consisting of densely populated cities and significantly large open rural areas. Many of the rural areas either have no internet service available or only one option to choose from.

It is our sincere hope that the NTIA finds merit with our regional application submission for BTOP grant funds; thereby agreeing that funding our request will improve the quality and degree of public safety services in the region as well as providing our citizens an affordable and reliable alternative for high speed internet access.

I urge you to give this application your strongest consideration.

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The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

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HCHB. Room 4887

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Honorable Strickling.

This letter is to endorse and support the proposed Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application by the San Francisco Bay Area. The BTOP funding will help the region's public safety community build and operate a 40 broadband system providing high speed access for various institutions throughout the Bay Area region.

Through this proposal. the San Francisco Bay Area will begin the work towards providing a standards-based 700MHz shared public safety broadband 40 L TE system providing broadband data interoperability. This is a collaborative multi-jurisdietional project that will provide a data communications network for the City and County of San Francisco. City of Oakland, Alameda County, Marin County, Contra Costa County, Santa Clara County and San Mateo County. This shared network will build on previous public safety infrastructure investments.

As the Deputy Under Secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) J know the value of emergency preparedness and response. It is of the utmost importance that each jurisdiction in California has the capacity to work together effectively to plan for. react to, and recover from critical incidents regardless of size and complexity. Equally significant is each region's ability to protect key assets and critical infrastructures. It is imperative that preventative and protective measures are taken to counteract terrorism, increase mission critical operations, and minimize the damage from natural disasters in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is of extreme importance that in the event of a disaster, our public safety first responders have the ability to work together to protect and save Jives in our communities. During the recovery stages non public safety users working to restore our communities will be permitted to operate on this regional mutual aid asset. Funding from

this grant will allow us to make this vision possible in the San Francisco Bay Area Region.

I support BTOP funding for this multi-jurisdictional mutual aid project because it's an important step to improving the management and coordination of emergency response in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Deputy Under Secretary

California Emergency Management Agency (CaIEMA)

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March 18, 2010

The Honorable Lawrence E. Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Assistant Secretary Strickling:

I am pleased to support the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant application submitted on behalf of Motorola and multi-jurisdictional public safety organizations within the San Francisco Bay Area. This application is for the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) project, which would deploy a comprehensive Middle Mile network that will enlarge the interoperability of communications for emergency responders utilizing L TE broadband technology and offer wireless broadband service to community anchor institutions, households, and businesses. As the Marin County Superintendent of Schools, I fully support this effort to improve communication for emergency responders in our community. I am hoping that this may result in additional resources to support a needed upgrade to the radio system that will allow our schools to become a part of the Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA).

The need for regional broadband communications has never been more essential. The Bay Area is susceptible to earthquakes, coastal flooding threats, and wildfires and is one of the highest risk areas for terrorism attacks. To address these challenges, the Bay Area requires a state-of-the-art, interoperable public safety network for emergency responders. Broadband providers currently confront numerous obstades in offering service in the Bay Area, which consists of dense urban, suburban, and very rural areas and which has been hard hit by the current economic crisis. To overcome these obstacles, the Bay Area needs a vibrant Middle Mile broadband network that providers can use to offer affordable broadband service to community anchor institutions and end-user customers.

Thank you for your consideration of the BayWEB application. Please do not hesitate to contact me at (415) 499-5801 should you have any questions about my support.

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March 15,2010

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration United States Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Honorable Strickling:

I am writing you in support of the Bay Area Public/Private Partnership for BayWEB (Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband), a Regional LTE Broadband System. This project will directly benefit the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department by expanding our current mobile data capabilities. With the high speed capabilities of a L TE 4G Broadband system we will be able to provide a wide array of media to our first responders, such as real-time video and information sharing capabilities. This Regional solution is a collaboration of the Bay Area's 10 counties and over 100 cities.

As Police Commander, I have witnessed how vital it is to be able to communicate between agencies in response to a critical incident or disaster. This regional application will help provide the much needed reliable broadband coverage and capacity required when responding to a disaster natural or man-made within the BART system above or below ground.

Although a Broadband LTE 4G System won't solve all our issues that the regions first responders deal with everyday, it will provide a basis for us to work towards allowing the data sharing to and from our first responders which is crucial to maintaining the safety of the region.

The need for regional broadband communications has never been more essential. The BART Police Department supports funding towards this objective. We appreciate your consideration for this muilti-jurisdictional and multi-displinary communications project.

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March 15, 2010

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration United States Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Honorable Strickling;

The Marin County Fire Department is pleased to offer our support and encouragement of the Bay Area Public/Private Partnership for BayWEB (Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband), a Regional L TE Broadband System. This Regional solution is a collaboration of the Bay Area's 10 counties and over 100 cities.

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the highest risk areas for disasters in the country. In order to improve emergency planning, the lead agencies in the Bay Area have joined together in a multi-jurisdictional public safety partnership. BayWEB will help provide the much needed broadband coverage and capacity required when responding to a disaster whether natural or man-made.

I urge you to give this application your strongest consideration.

Ken Massucco Fire Chief

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South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium 3095 Verba Buena Road, San Jose, CA 95135 • Phone (408) 270-6458. Fax (408) 238-0286

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration United States Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20230

March 15,2010

Dear Honorable Mr. Strickling,

The South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium is pleased to offer our support and encouragement of the Bay Area PubliclPrivate Partnership for a Public Safety LTE 40 Broadband system and an alternative high speed internet system for use by anchor institutions and private citizens. We understand the regional solution is a collaboration of the Bay Area's 10 counties and 100 cities.

South Bay Regional PSTC is a Joint Powers Agency representing eight community colleges in California's central coast areas, from San Francisco to South of Monterey. We provide high quality public safety training for the region's criminal justice community and those aspiring for those careers. A key program we offer is that of public safety communications & dispatch. A review of the proposed Broadband system and the alternative high speed internet system would have widespread valuable operational and educational impact in our widely diverse communities. As you are aware the region is home to Silicon Valley and its large metropolitan cities (San Francisco Bay Area) as wen as significantly large open rural areas. Many of these rural areas either have no internet service available or only one option to choose from.

It is our sincere hope that the NTIA fmds merit with our regional application submission to BTOP grant funds; thereby agreeing that funding our region's request will improve the quality and degree of public safety services in this area as well as providing our citizens an affordable and reliable alternative for high speed internet access.

I urge you to give this application your strongest consideration.

Sincerely,

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March 17, 2010

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Dear Honorable Strickling,

Please consider this my endorsement for the proposed Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application submitted on behalf of public safety organizations within the San Francisco Bay Area to fund the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) System. BAYWEB is a 700MHz LTE public safety broadband network and a subsystem to the larger Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BAYRICS) which spans the ten Bay Area counties. This broadband network will provide the much needed broadband coverage and capacity needed when responding to a disaster and will enhance the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS) capability.

The San Francisco Bay Area is widely diverse consisting of densely populated cities and significantly large open rural areas. This region has many high profile targets for both domestic and foreign terrorism as well as a high likelihood of natural disasters. It is imperative that public safety first responders have the ability to work together to protect and save lives in our communities during a critical incident. BayWEB will provide a regional standards-based 700MHz shared public safety broadband 4G LTE system and will build on previous public safety infrastructure investments.

Alameda County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services 4985 Broder Blvd, Dublin CA 94568. (925) 803-7802 • www.ebrcsa.org

The bay area is challenged by the lack of disaster resilient broadband communications during an event of an emergency or disaster. The allocation of the BTOP funds to this region will enhance the foundation which has already been laid by other infrastructure projects. Funding BAYWEB will ultimately support the underserved regional public safety first responders and underserved anchor or public entities critical to disaster communications and recovery.

In my role as the Executive Director of the EBRCSA (East Bay Radio Communication System Authority), I urge you to give this application your strongest consideration.

Sincerely,

William J. McCammon Executive Director

East Bay Radio Communication System Authority

CITY OF OAKLAND

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March 12, 2010

The Honorable Lawrence E. Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Infonnation Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Dear Secretary Strickling:

This letter is written in support of the multi-jurisdictional Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application submitted on behalf of San Francisco Bay Area public safety organizations to fund the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) System. BayWEB is a regional4G L TE broadband system that will provide the broadband coverage and capacity needed to respond to a disaster. BayWEB will enhance the capability of the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS).

The San Francisco Bay Area is at risk of several major events-natural and man-made. This underscores the need for a seamless regional communications system. In my view, as a field incident commander, the ability to have expanding communications between regional agencies during large-scale incidents is absolutely vital. Anything less can endanger lives and will affect any public safety entity's response time when trying to assist another jurisdiction.

The Oakland Police Department supports funding for BayWEB. Thank you for your consideration.

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The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Honorable Strickling,

I am writing in support of the Bay Area Public/Private Partnership application for funding from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). Funding from this grant will expand current mobile data capabilities through BayWEB, a regional 4G L TE broadband system that will support the underserved regional public safety first responders.

BayWEB is a multi-jurisdictional collaboration of the Bay Area's 10 counties and over 100 cities. This broadband network will provide high speed broadband services and information sharing capability throughout the region for Police, Fire and EMS first responders.

I support the efforts of the San Francisco Bay Area in their pursuit of providing the most effective and efficient regional broadband system.

Sincerely,

Harvey Hopkins Chairman

Dry Creek Rancheria

CITY OF OAKLAND

1 FRANK H. OGAWA PLAZA' 3RD FLOOR' OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA 94612

Office of the Mayor Ronald V. Dellurns Mayor

(510) 238-3141 FAX: (510) 238-4731 TDD: (510) 839-6451

March 15,2010

The Honorable Lawrence E. Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Dear Assistant Secretary Strickling:

I am writing in support of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application submitted on behalf of multi-jurisdictional public safety organizations within the San Francisco Bay Area. The application supports the development of the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) System, which would provide a regionally shared public safety broadband 4G LTE system.

As you know, the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area is a geographically diverse metropolitan region with many natural threats to public safety such as earthquakes, wild fires, and t1ooding. The region also includes many potential homeland security targets, such as the Port of Oakland, the Golden Gate Bridge, major petrochemical refineries and pipelines, educational institutions and many historical landmarks.

BayWEB is a collaborative approach by the ten Bay Area counties and provides a critically important coordinated approach. Funding for this application will strengthen the communication processes, procedures and systems for emergency first responders. BayWEB would enable seamless communication among key public safety agencies during a time of disaster and crisis, which is a necessity when time is of the essence. The System is of critical importance to not just the public safety needs of the region, but also the continuation of our economic development efforts as we work diligently to turn the corner on this unprecedented economic crisis.

Thank you for your consideration of the BayWEB application. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions about my support.

Sincerely,

Ronald V. Dellums Mayor

CITY OF OAKLAt"~D

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March 10, 2010

The Honorable lawrence E. Striddlng ASSistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U,S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCH8, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Dear Honorable Strickling:

This shall serve as my endorsement of the proposed Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application submitted on behatf of public safety organizations within the San Francisco Bay Area for the 8ayArea Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWE8) System. BayVVEB is a regional 4G l TE broadband system that will provide the much needed broadband coverage and capacity for responding to disasters. BayWEB will enhance the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications System (BayRICS) capability.

This project wlll directly benefit the Oakland Fire Department and the Bay Area region by expanding our current mobile data capabilities. With the high speed capabilities of an L TE 4G Broadband system. we will be able to provide a wide array of media to all our first responders. such as real-time video, building blueprints and mapping information. as well as Information sharing capabilities.

As the Chief of the Oakland Fire Department ! know firsthand how imperative it is for local and regional first responders to be able to communicate during a critical Incident or disaster. Anything less can impair first responder capabilities and make disaster mitigation that much harder.

The need for regional broadband communications has never been more essential. The Oakland Fire Department supports this funding request and would appreciate your consideration for this multijurisdictional and multi-disciplinary broadband communications project.

Sincerely.

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Office of the Sberiff County of santa Clara

Laurie Smith Sheriff

55 W. Younger Avenue San JOse, Callfornla 95110 Phone (408) 808-4904

March 12,2010

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Honorable Strickling,

This letter is to support the multi-proposed Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application submitted on behalf of public safety organizations within the San Francisco Bay Area to fund the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) System.

BayWEB is a multi-jurisdictional public safety collaboration between Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, San Francisco, Solano, and Sonoma that will tackle the critical communications challenges faced by local first responders. BayWeb will provide a regional 4G L TE public safety broadband system that will provide the much needed broadband coverage and capacity for responding to a disaster, 'Ibis project will enlarge the interoperability of public safety communications across the region and enable emergency responders to have broadband access to mission critical information which will improve the delivery of health and safety services to millions of Cali forni a residents.

I support the efforts of the San Francisco Bay Area in the pursuit of providing the most effective regional broadband system.

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AURIE SMITH, Sheriff

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Farhad Mansourian, RCE Director

Secretary Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration United States Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Secretary Strickling,

The Marin County Department of Public Works is pleased to offer our support and encouragement of the Bay Area Public/Private Partnership for Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (Bay WEB), a Regional Long Term Evolution (L TE) Broadband System, This Regional solution is a collaboration of the Bay Area's 10 counties and over 100 cities.

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the highest risk areas for disasters in the country. In order to improve emergency planning, the lead agencies in the Bay Area have joined together in a multi-jurisdictional public safety partnership. BayWEB will help provide the much needed broadband coverage and capacity required when responding to a disaster whether natural or man-made.

We urge you to give this application your strongest consideration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (415) 499-6570.

Director

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Emergency Medical Services Agency

976 Lenzen Avenue, Ste 1200 I San Jose, CA 95126 408.885.4250 I 408.885.3538 fax www.sccemsagency.org

Public Health Department

S<lnta Clara Valley Ileahh & Ilospital System

March 8, 2010

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Dear Assistant Secretary Strickling:

I am writing in support of the proposed Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application by the San Francisco Bay Area for the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) System. BayWEB is a regional L TE broadband system that will allow first responders from various disciplines the ability to communicate and efficiently share information by utilizing advanced applications for an effective response and recovery in the event of disasters.

In order to improve emergency planning and response, the ten Bay Area counties have joined together for this BA YWEB project. This project will have a significant impact on public safety emergency communications by providing a common broadband system in which Police, Fire, and EMS first responders throughout the Bay Area can communicate, thereby improving the quality and degree of public safety services in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Your close review and consideration of this grant application is appreciated.

Sincerely,

Josh Davies

Interim EMS Division Manager

Dedicated to the health of the whole community

rh~~ Public NCJ/IIt Ot'PJflml'nIIS J division of S.JIl(i1 O;tfd V",Ilr!y /{fMilh ... ffospil;t15yswm, (Y.V(wd .mti opf'Mwd !Yilhe County of S.Jfllii O.lfd.

Sheldon D. Gilbert, Fire Chief

ADMINISTRATION

835 E. 14'" Street, Suite 200 San Leandro, CA 94577 (510) 61S-3490

(5IO) 618-3445 Fax

EMS DIVISION 1426 164" Avenue

San Leandro, CA 94578 (510) 61.8-3485

(510) 276-5915 Fax

TRAINING DIVISION 1426 164'" Avenue

San Leandro, CA 94578 (510) 618-3485

(510) 276-5915 Fax

ALAMEDA COUNTY REGIONAL EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS CENiER (ACRECC)

7000 East Avenue, L-388 Livermore, CA 94550

(925) 422-5194

(925) 422-5730 Fax

FIRE PREVENTION OFFICES:

ALAMEDA COUNTY 399 Elmhurst Street Room 120

Hayward, CA 94544 (510) 670-5853 (510) 582-4347 Fax

CITY OF SAN LEAI'mRO 835 E. 14th Street

San Leandro. CA 94577 (5W) 577-33t7

(510) 577·3419 Fax

CITY OF DUBLIN 100 Civic Plaza Dublin, CA 94568 (925) 833-6606 (915) 8336628 Fax

Alameda County Fire Department

Proudly serTing the Unincorporated Area (if Alameda County and lire communities of Sail Leandro, Dublin,

the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and

the Lawrence Livermore Notional Laboratorv

March 8, 2010

The Honorable lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Honorable Strickling:

The Alameda County Fire Department is pleased to support the proposed Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application submitted on behalf of public safety organizations within the San Francisco Bay Area. BayWEB (Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband), a regional public safety broadband network, will provide 4G LTE mobile data communications with the capacity and reliability required by our first responders when responding to a disaster, natural or man-made. This project will directly benefit the Alameda County Fire Department by expanding our current mobile data capabilities.

As the Fire Chief of the Alameda County Fire Department, I have direct experience on how imperative it is to be able to communicate among local first responders during a critical incident or disaster. Anything less can impair first responder capabilities and make disaster mitigation that much harder.

The need for regional broadband communications has never been more essential. The Alameda County Fire Department supports funding towards this objective, We appreciate your consideration for this multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary broadband communications project.

Sincerely,

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Sheldon D. Gilbert Fire Chief

March 12,2010

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration United States Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Assistant Secretary Strickling,

I am writing you in support of the Bay Area Public/Private Partnership for BayWEB (Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband), a Regional LTE Broadband System. This project will directly benefit public safety agencies in Santa Clara County by expanding their current mobile data capabilities. With the high speed capabilities of a LTE 4G Broadband system we will be able to provide a wide array of media to our first responders, such as real-time video, building blue prints, mapping information as well as information sharing capabilities. This Regional solution is a collaboration of the Bay Area's 10 counties and over 100 cities.

As a Police Chief, I have witnessed how vital it is to be able to communicate between agencies in response to a critical incident or disaster. This region is widely diverse, in that there are areas of densely populated cities, significant large open rural areas, and a surrounding network of streams and tributaries that lead to the San Francisco Bay. This regional application will help provide the much needed reliable broadband coverage and capacity required when responding to a disaster natural or man-made.

I urge you to take our region's many risks into account, and favorably review our submission. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Scott R. Seaman. Chairman

Silicon Valley Regional Interoperability Project Chief of Police

Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department

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Warren E. Rupf

March 9, 20]0

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue. NW HeBB. Room 4887 Washington, DC 20230

Dear Secretary Strickling:

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is pleased to support the proposed Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application submitted on behalf of public safety organizations within the San Francisco Bay Area for the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadbrand (BayWEB) System. This public/private partnership will provide a regional public safety network, which will enhance first responder data communications throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

In order to improve emergency planning and response, the ten Bay Area counties have joined together for this collaborative project. I know the value of emergency preparedness and response as well as the importance of working together to effectively plan for, react to, and recover from critical incidents. It is imperative that local public safety first responders have a seamless communications network; anything less can impair their capabilities and make disaster mitigation that much harder.

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FIRE DEPARTMENT SANTA CLARA COUNTY

14700 Winchester Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95032·1818 (40S) 378-4010 • (408) 378·9342 (fax) • W\vw.,cdd.org

March 11, 2010

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling, Assistant Secretary and Administrator National Telecommunications and Information Administration

US. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

fiCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Dear Honorable Strickling,

This letter is sent as my endorsement for the Public/Private Partnership application for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOI').

This project will directly benefit Santa Clara County Fire Department by expanding our current mobile data capabilities. With the high-speed capabilities of a LTE 4G Broadband system we will be able to provide a wide array of media to our first responders, such as real-time video, building blue prints, mapping information, and information-sharing capabilities.

As Fire Chief of the Santa Clara County Fire Department, I have experience of how necessary it is to be able to communicate between local first responders during a critical incident or disaster. Anything less can impair first-responder capabilities and make disaster mitigation that much harder.

The need for regional broadband communications has never been more essential. On behalf of the Santa Clara County Fire Department, I support funding for achieving this objective. Your consideration for this multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary broadband communications project is very much appreciated.

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CAPITAL OF SILICON VALLEY

MAYOR

March 11,2010

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Dear Assistant Secretary Strickling,

I write in support of the proposed Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application submitted on behalf of public safety organizations across the San Francisco Bay Area to fund the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) System. BayWeb, a collaboration of the ten Bay Area counties, will provide a regionally shared public safety broadband 4G L TE system by building on previous public safety infrastructure investments.

The Bay Area is a geographically diverse metropolitan region with many natural threats to public safety such as earthquakes, wild fires, and flooding. Additionally, this region offers many targets that are threats to homeland security. Public safety has been my top priority as Mayor, and in the event of a disaster, it is imperative to have the type of seamless communication between Police, Fire and EMS first responders that BayWeb can provide.

I urge you to give this application your strongest consideration.

Sincerely,

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Chuck Reed Mayor

2()() East Santa Clara Street. l Sth Hom. San Jose. CA 951 U tel (40))) 5.)5-4H()() }IX (40?;) 2()2-()422 wwwsjrnayor.org

San Jose Fire Department

DARRYL VON RAESFELD, FIRE CHIEF

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Honorable Strickling,

Please consider this my endorsement for the proposed Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application submitted on behalf of public safety organizations within the San Francisco Bay Area. Funding from this grant will go towards the Bay Area Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) System which will provide a universal broadband system in which Police, Fire, and EMS first responders throughout the Bay Area can communicate with one another.

In order to improve emergency planning and response, the ten Bay Area counties have joined together for this collaborative project. The Bay Area region has many national iconic landmarks which rate high for both domestic and foreign terrorism along with natural threats such as earthquakes and wild fires. The San Jose Fire Department is committed to serving the community by protecting life, property, and the environment through prevention and response. BayWEB will provide high speed broadband services and enhanced interoperable communications and information sharing capability throughout the region. It is of the utmost importance that local first responders have this type of expandable communications available between regional agencies during large scale incidents.

I respectfully ask that you give this application your full and favorable review.

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DarryrV on Rae~ Fire Chief

San Jose Fire Department

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170 W. San Carlos St. San Jose, CA 95113 (408) 277-4444 fax (408) 277-3196 www.sjfd.com

March 3, 20 I 0

C;rcgory J. Ahern, Sheriff

Coroner· Public Administrator - Marshal Director of Emergency Services

Alameda (~ollnry Sheriff's ()fficc

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The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration United Sates Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20230

Re: Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BA YWEB)

Dear Honorable Strickling:

As the Regional Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Coordinator for sixteen (CA Region II) San Francisco Bay Area Counties and the Executive Sponsor of the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications Systems (BA YRICS) Initiative, which is the ten Bay Area Counties public safety communications initiative, I have witnessed how vital it is to be able to communicate between agencies in response to a critical incident or disaster. Our San Francisco Bay Area is larger than thirty eight states in our country and experiences the challenges of vast and significant rural areas punctuated by dense, heavily populated areas.

Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications Systems: BA VRICS

The ten Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin, Sonoma, Solano, Napa and Santa Cruz have joined our efforts towards effective communications through the Bay Area Regional Interoperable Communications Systems (BA YRICS) Initiative. This multi-year collaborative effort has been funded through general funds, Homeland Security Grant Funds (SHSGP/UASI), Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grant Funds (PSIC), Justice Grant Funds (COPS TECH) and Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program funds. BA YRICS is a "system of systems" that will provide robust, resilient, voice and data communications for public safety and transportation within the Bay Area. A subsystem of our BA YRICS network, Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BA YWEB) will build a robust and resilient (4G, L TE) broadband network through a public-private partnership. BA YWEB will provide high speed broadband services and enhanced interoperable communications and information sharing capability throughout the region. This project will have the most significant impact on public safety emergency communications within this decade and into the next.

I am proud to be the Executive Sponsor for this exciting initiative and ask for your support of our BTOP application. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

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Gregory J. Ahem Sheriff-Coroner

Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Coordinator, Region II

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MARIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

3501 Civic Cenrer Drive, Room 145, San Rafael, CA 94903

ROBERT T DOYLE Sheriff nMOTIJr J LITTLE Undersheriff

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling March 5, 2010

Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Honorable Strickling,

The Marin County Sheriffs Office is pleased to support the proposed Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application submitted on behalf of public safety organizations within the San Francisco Bay Area to fund the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) System. BayWEB will provide a regional standards-based 700MHz shared public safety broadband 4G L TE system and will build on previous public safety infrastructure investments.

The San Francisco Bay Area ranks as one of the top risk areas of the Nation. This region offers many targets that are threats to homeland security such as the Golden Gate Bridge. Additionally, this is an area with many natural threats such as earthquakes, wild fires, and tsunamis. In order to effectively respond to these types of threats, it is of the utmost importance that our local first responders have the ability to communicate seamlessly with each other.

I urge you to give this application your strongest consideration.

Sincerely,

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Sheriff

Marin County Sheriffs Office

"In Partnership with our Communities"

www.rnarinsheriff.org

www.co.marin.ca.us

ARJ;A CODE 415

24-HOUR NUMBER 499-7233

FAX 507-4126

ADMINISTRATION 499-7250

CIVIL 499-7282

COMM1JN1CAfION SERVICES 499-7243

COURTS 499-7393

EMERGENCY SERVICES 499-6584

INVESTIGATIONS 499-7265

JAIL 499-6655

MAJOR CRIMES TASK FORCE 884-4878

PArROL 499-7233

RECORDS 499-7284

WARRANTS 499-7297

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

Michael Hennessey SHERIFF

City and County of San Francisco

(415) 554-7225

March 11,2010 Ref: 10-028

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration United States Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Assistant Secretary Strickling;

I write in support of the Bay Area UASI Program's proposal for a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant to expand current mobile data capabilities through the San Francisco Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband System (BayWEB).

It is my understanding that, iffunded, BayWEB will build a resilient broadband network through a public-private partnership. The proposed project is a collaboration of the ten Bay Area counties and will have a significant impact on public safety emergency communications.

As Sheriff of San Francisco, I appreciate the value of local first responders being able to communicate with one another and coordinate activities effectively during an emergency. This multi-jurisdictional collaboration will help us serve and protect millions of Bay Area residents.

I urge you to give the Bay Area UASI Program's proposal every consideration.

Sincerely,

Sheriff

ROOM 456, CITY HALL • I DR CARLTON B GOODLETT PLACE • SAN FRANCISCO, CA. 94102

EMAIL: sheriff@sfgov org • FAX (415) 554-7050

COUNTY OF SAN MATEO

GREG MUNKS SHERIFF

Office of the Sheriff

CARLOS G. BOLANOS UNDERSHERIFF

TRISHA L. SANCHEZ ASSISTANT SHERIFF

400 COUNTY CENTER

REDWOOD CITY

CALIFORNIA 94063-1662

TELEPHONE (650) 599-1664 n www.smcsherifLcom

ADDRESS ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE SHERIFF

March 8, 2010

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Dear Mr. Strickling:

I am writing in support of the Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband (BayWEB) System, which is a public/private partnership for a regional LTE 4G broadband system. This multijurisdictional public safety collaboration will leverage an existing public safety network to expand broadband services in ten counties and over 100 cities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As the Sheriff of San Mateo County, I know firsthand how important it is for public safety first responders to have the ability to work together to protect and save lives in our communities during a critical incident. The goal of BayWEB is to make sure that these local first responders have access to an interoperable communications network so they are prepared and equipped to address any disastrous event that may occur in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I urge you to give this application your strongest consideration.

Sincerely,

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Greg Munks Sheriff

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Regional Intelligence Center

All Threats - All Crimes

Ronald E. Brooks

Director

March 10,2010

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

HCHB, Room 4887

Washington, DC 20230

Dear Honorable Strickling,

This shall serve as my endorsement of the proposed Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant application submitted on behalf of public safety organizations within the San Francisco Bay Area. From the lessons learned from September 11,2001 reliable communications and information sharing plays a vital role in the response and prevention of a terrorist attack. BayWEB (Bay Area Wireless Enhanced Broadband), a regional public safety broadband network will provide 40 L TE mobile data communications and information sharing capabilities with the capacity and reliability required by our first responders when responding to a regional disaster.

With the high speed capabilities of a LTE 40 Broadband system we will be able to provide a wide array of media to our first responders, such as real-time video, building blue prints, mapping information as well as information sharing capabilities critical to the prevention of a terrorist attack. This Regional solution is a collaboration of the Bay Area's 10 counties and over 100 cities.

The need for regional broadband communications has never been more essential. The Bay Area Fusion Center, NCRIC (Northern California Regional Intelligence Center) supports funding towards this objective. We appreciate your consideration for this multi-jurisdictional and multidisciplinary broadband communications project.

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Director

Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (Fusion Center)

450 Golden Gate Avenue, 14th Floor. San Francisco, Cnlifonua 94102 M{IIling Address: PO. Box 36102, SWI Francisco. California 94102 Telephone (415)436-S()27 • Fax (4 (5)436.81 SO

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Hospital Council

of Northern & Central California

Excellence Through Leadership & Collaboration

March 9,2010

The Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant Secretary and Administrator

National Telecommunications and Information Administration United States Department of Commerce

1401 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Honorable Strickling,

The Hospital Council of Northern and Central California is pleased to offer our support and encouragement of the Bay Area Public/Private Partnership for a Public Safety LTE 4G Broadband system and an alternative high speed internet system for use by anchor institutions and private citizens. We understand this regional solution is a collaboration of the Bay Area's 10 counties and 100 cities.

The San Francisco Bay Area is widely diverse consisting of densely populated cities and significantly large open rural areas. Many of the rural areas either have no internet service available or only one option to choose from.

It is our sincere hope that the NTIA finds merit with our regional application submission for BTOP grant funds; thereby agreeing that funding our request will improve the quality and degree of public safety services in the region as well as providing our citizens an affordable and reliable alternative for high speed internet access.

We urge you to give this application your strongest consideration.

Sincerely,

Ronald L. Smith, Senior Vice President

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ThL' Honorable Lawrence Strickling Assistant $ccn:r;,ry and Administrator National Telecommunicacions

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Dear Honorable Strickling;

The San Jose Stare University Police Department is pleased to oH~~r our support .U1(l encouragement of (he Bay Area Public/Private Partnership for a Public Safety tTE 4G BroaJlxmd system ,HId all alternative high-speed internet system for use by anchor institutions and private citizens. \V'c understand {hi" n:giolul solution is a collalx-rarion of the thy Area's ten 10) counties and one hundred (100) cities.

The San Francisco Bay Area is widely diverse, consisting of d('meiy populated cities .1Od significantly Luge open rural areas. Many of the rural areas either have no internet service .rvailable or only one option from \vhich to choose.

It is our sincere hope tlut the N'fIA finds merit with our regional applicaeion submission for STOP grant funds; thereby a~rccll1g that funding our request will improve the quality :U1d degree of Public Safcry services in the region .15 well as pnJViding our citizens ,111 affordable .lnt! rdiable alternative for high speed internet ;)C1:,:$5.

I urge you to give this application your stnmgest consideration.

Sincerely,

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