Dish's Designated Entities Under Attack
May 13, 2015, 10:54 AM by Eric M. Zeman
More organizations are piling on the designated entities that Dish Networks used to bid in this year's AWS-3 spectrum auction. Rather than bid directly, Dish had three small companies, in which it has an 85% stake, bid on its behalf. Two of the three companies won a number of spectrum licenses totaling $13.3 billion. Because the designated entities are small, they qualify for a discount that would let Dish reap a windfall $3 billion price reduction on the licenses. Dish's competitors aren't happy and more of them have filed petitions with the FCC asking the discounts be denied. A new joint filing by the NAACP and Communications Workers of America makes such a request, as does a separate petition filed by the National Action Network. The FCC has not yet awarded the licenses to the entities and is mulling changes to the rules regarding designated entities and the small company discount. Dish and its small company partners contend they followed the auction's rules.
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What the hell does the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Al Sharpton's National Action Network have ANYTHING to do with spectrum that Dish buys?
What kind of agenda are they trying to push here? I see zero issue of this being their concern in the slightest. But if we know anything about Al Sharpton, the man will open his mouth if a buck is to be made, and turn any benevolent issue that does not concern him into a racial issue and turn it into how the spectrum could have been bought by his non-bidding company (yes his agency is a company) and how it could have spread his agenda to "colored people" (he calls them that, not me) around America.
Now, that said, the only reason I can even se...
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