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FCC Likely to Reject Dish's Auction Discounts

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Jul 16, 2015, 2:55 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

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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thenewempire

Jul 20, 2015, 9:49 AM

Not okay

They should have thought about this when they set the rules. They can't decide after the fact that it wasn't kosher and make them pay. Besides, whatever keeps the spectrum out of the hands of Verizon and Att is fine by me.
You do realize that Verizon and AT&T could easily have done the same thing if they chose to, don't you?
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The FCC is allowing them to KEEP the spectrum, but NOT the discounts. If it were up to me, they would lose the spectrum AND the discounts. Fraud disallows the purchase in my book.
...out of the hands of Verizon and Att is fine by me"

Here, here!
gfondeur

Jul 17, 2015, 8:29 PM

now

We talking about, I just commented earlier about this, if they don't make Dish to pay the new ruling it's just BS
I guess they have to spend $3.3 billion or what ever it is more if they want the spectrum. I just don't understand, set up shill corporations to defraud the goverment out of billions, and nobody goes to jail?
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