FCC Deals a Blow to Dish Network's Network Plans
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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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...