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FCC Deals a Blow to Dish Network's Network Plans

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Mar 3, 2012, 11:22 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.

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Mar 3, 2012, 1:00 PM

A fifth nationwide wireless provider IS best for the public FCC!!!!!

Why do they keep squashing or delaying fifth nationwide core networks/carriers? First Lightsquared now Dish. If Dish or anyone else has the spectrum and the desire to build a nationwide cell network, then the government should not only allow them but facilitate and expedite the process! More choices in wireless will keep pricing reasonable for us consumers and the constant competition among more core networks (not MVNOs) will also be extremely beneficial to all of us.
The FCC is charged with making sure that one company's usage does not tread on anothers.

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...
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