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Sprint Green Lights Dish Network's LTE Plans

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Nov 30, 2011, 12:49 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Sprint Nextel and Dish Networks have come to an agreement over Dish Network's proposed use of S-Band spectrum to create its own Long Term EVolution 4G network. In August, Dish Networks petitioned the Federal Communications Commission to allow it to use a 40MHz block of S-Band satellite spectrum it purchased from TerreStar for LTE. Dish asked the FCC to give it the same exception granted to LightSquared. Dish believes that by offering mobile broadband it will be able to more effectively compete with other telco companies that can bundle voice, data, and video services together. Sprint had initially opposed the idea, as Dish's spectrum, which falls in the 2000MHz to 2020MHz band, is adjacent to Sprint's PCS 1900MHz spectrum. Sprint feared their would be interference. Sprint and Dish Networks have since resolved the concerns about interference and Sprint no longer opposes Dish's plans. The FCC has not ade a decision on the matter.

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Nov 30, 2011, 2:34 PM

NO!!!! This is illegal and anti-competitive!

This is an unfair market advantage for Sprint and Dish netword, they are essentially causing hardships for competing companies who cannot offer the same deal.

The FCC needs to have, in writing, how many jobs this particular measure is going to create before they allow Sprint and Dish to make a deal like this.
Wow... You must be a Direct TV customer 😳
Um this isn't a merger. Sprint was opposed to letting them use the frequency in question because there were fears of interference. There is nothing "anti-competitive" about this. Dish has their own spectrum they want to use. So what on earth are you t...
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