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. The smaller companies, known as designated entities, qualified as small businesses and received a significant discount on their $13.1 billion auction tally. Dish competitors AT&T and Verizon Wireless, which placed first and third in the auction, respectively, cried foul over Dish's bidding techniques. Dish maintains that it adhered to the auction rules. Dish owns lots of spectrum and won big in the AWS-3 auction, but has yet to deploy any sort of wireless network. Dish did not comment on the Journal's story, which was not confirmed by the FCC. Earlier today, the FCC voted in new rules that prevent such actions in the future.
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