FCC Deals a Blow to Dish Network's Network Plans
The Federal Communications Commission denied to grant Dish Network a preliminary waiver which would have allowed it to move forward with plans to build its own wireless network. Instead, the FCC decided to conduct a formal investigation into Dish's request, a process which could take until the end of the year. Dish wants to do something similar to what LightSquared tried to do: Use traditional satellite spectrum to create a terrestrial wireless broadband network. The FCC granted Dish approval to purchase $3 billion worth of spectrum, but said that a "rulemaking process will best serve the public interest and maximize the long-term value of the spectrum for the American economy." Dish is still hopeful that it will eventually win FCC approval, though the delay is a significant one.
FCC Denies Dish $3.3 Billion in Auction Discounts
The FCC has officially and unanimously rejected Dish Network's $3.3 billion in AWS-3 spectrum auction discounts. Dish used three smaller companies, in which it owned an 85% stake each, to place bids on its behalf.
FCC Commish Calls to Question Dish's Auction Discounts
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai is objecting to Dish Networks' claim on more than $3 billion in discounts in the recently closed AWS-3 spectrum auction. Dish did not bid directly on any spectrum.
Dish Says It Will Bid On 600MHz Spectrum
Dish Networks has told the FCC it intends to "meaningfully participate" in the reverse auction for 600MHz airwaves scheduled for next year. "The incentive auction offers opportunities for competitive providers and new entrants to bid on and win much-needed lowband spectrum, which will facilitate the deployment of mobile broadband services," said Dish Senior Vice President Jeffrey Blum in the filing with the agency.
FCC Likely to Reject Dish's Auction Discounts
The FCC is prepared to reject Dish Network's $3.3 billion in auction discounts, reports the Wall Street Journal. Dish used three smaller companies to place bids on its behalf.
A fifth nationwide wireless provider IS best for the public FCC!!!!!
That is exactly why the FCC was formed. To keep radio stations from bleeding over each other. To keep a station from upping their output to drown out a compe...