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                            CONCURRING STATEMENT OF

                         COMMISSIONER MICHAEL J. COPPS

   Re: NextiraOne, LLC, File No. EB-06-IH-1392

   By ensuring that schools and libraries are connected with the Internet,
   the E-Rate program continues to perform the critical function of helping
   to prepare our nation's children to succeed in the Digital Age. Nowhere is
   this truer than on tribal lands where technology plays a vital role in
   overcoming geographic, economic, and historical hardships. There are many
   people in the Schools and Libraries Division, at the FCC and Justice
   Department, and elsewhere, to be commended for their ongoing oversight of
   the program to ensure that limited resources go to those who need them
   most. The conviction and one year debarment of NextiraOne from the E-Rate
   program are evidence of the ongoing effort to root out waste, fraud, and
   abuse. While there were mitigating circumstances in this case to support
   the one year debarment period, I believe that a longer period may have
   been warranted given the severity of the company's actions and the
   opportunity to send a message to E-Rate participants that violations of
   the program will not by tolerated by the FCC. I therefore concur in this

   Federal Communications Commission FCC 06-126


   Federal Communications Commission FCC 06-126