AT&T Asks FCC to Place Conditions of Dish's Network Plans
AT&T has requested that the Federal Communications Commission set a number of requirements in place before Dish Network can build out its planned LTE-Advanced 4G network. AT&T wants Dish beholden to similar requirements levied on LightSquared. It would be required to cover 100 million POPs within 33 months and reach 260 million POPs within 69 months. AT&T also noted that it has "concerns" over Dish's use of 700MHz spectrum (which AT&T is also using for LTE). Dish responded this week to AT&T's request, saying such conditions would thwart its plans. Dish argues that LTE-Advanced will require much longer to deploy, as no other operator has deployed it yet. It also believes the differences between its commercial network (which will be sold directly to consumers) is different from LightSquared's wholesale approach, and requires more back-end systems be put into place. Last, Dish said its LTE-Advanced network will be deployed on its 2GHz spectrum holdings, not 700MHz. The FCC has not yet ruled on the matter.
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.
Verizon Annoyed By Dish's AWS-3 Bidding Tactics
Like AT&T, Verizon Wireless is upset with the tactics used by Dish Networks in the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction. It accused the firm of artificially raising prices by creating perceived demand where in fact there was none.
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.
Go pound salt AT&T
If at&t is subject to a particular regulation, then EVERY company should be subject to that regulation.
AT&T are losers!