FCC Officially Approves Dish's Spectrum Plans
Updated: rewrote second sentence for clarity.
The Federal Communications Commission today voted in favor of Dish Network's request to use its satellite spectrum for a terrestrial cellular wireless network. The plan was first greenlighted by FCC chairman Julius Genachowski last month, but it now has full commission approval. The FCC has, however, placed several conditions on the proposal that may hobble Dish's effectiveness at providing competitive service. First, a new spectrum auction will be required, and some of the airwaves auctioned off will have to be used to build a dedicated first-responder network. The new auction, which the FCC hopes will take place next year, will see the AWS-H Block spectrum sold to interested bidders. The proceeds from the auction will be used to fund the first responder network. Second, the FCC is requiring that Dish ramp down its power levels so that it doesn't interfere with neighboring spectrum owned by Sprint. Dish today said it will "consider its strategic options and the optimal approach to put this spectrum to use for the benefit of consumers."
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 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.
3GPP Approves Band 66 for AWS Support
Dish Networks today said the 3GPP has approved the designation of Band 66, which encompasses a significant swath of AWS spectrum owned by Dish. Specifically, Band 66 pairs 70 MHz of uplink spectrum with 90 MHz of downlink spectrum in the AWS-1, AWS-3, and AWS-4 bands.
FCC Hands Out More AWS-3 Licenses to Auction Winners
The FCC has delivered more licenses to winners of the AWS-3 spectrum auction, which concluded earlier this year. The bulk of licenses granted this week were given to Orion Wireless LLC and Geneseo Communications Services, and cover areas of Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Dish May Bid In 600MHz Auction Next Year
Dish Network is evaluating whether or not to participate in the FCC's 600MHz incentive auction next year, according to an executive. The company might bid on airwave licenses even though it was recently denied a $3.3 billion discount on licenses it won in this year's AWS-3 auction.