FCC allows Dish Network to use spectrum for cellular network
last month FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said that he would sign off on Dish's request to use the spectrum for cellular service if Dish would lower the power levels. Genachowski will testify on Capitol Hill on Wednesday about the deal and about a proposal to auction off spectrum belonging to broadcasters in 2014.
With outspoken Dish Network Chairman Charles Egren's dream of owning a mobile operator coming closer to becoming a reality, Dish could seek a partner like Google. With Japan's Softbank buying 70% of Sprint and T-Mobile merging with MetroPCS, toss in a new carrier led by Dish and the U.S. mobile carrier industry could look quite different at this time next year.
source: FCC via Reuters
December 11, 2012 Justin Cole, 202-418-8191
Commission Announces the Adoption of AWS-4 Order and H Block NPRM
Statement from Tammy Sun, FCC Director of Communications
Today the Commission took two actions significantly advancing the President’s goal of freeing
up 500 MHz of spectrum for broadband by 2020.
These actions will help meet skyrocketing consumer demand and promote private investment,
innovation, and competition, while unlocking billions of dollars of value.
The Commission unanimously approved freeing up 40 MHz of underutilized satellite spectrum
for land-based mobile broadband, including 4G LTE. We accomplished this by removing
regulatory barriers that limited this spectrum to satellite use. Carefully balanced technical
requirements will unlock tremendous value in both the AWS-4 band and the 10 MHz H Block,
which Congress directed us to auction.
The Commission also unanimously approved a proposal setting the stage for an auction of the H
Block in 2013. Proceeds from this auction will help fund a nationwide Public Safety Network
for our first responders and reduce the deficit.
News about the Federal Communications Commission can also be found
on the Commission’s web site www.fcc.gov.
1. tigermcm (Posts: 750; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
Just in time since they seem to be moving out of the satellite business by cancelling networks
2. Dr.Phil (Posts: 927; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
What networks did they cancel? If you are talking about their cancellation of AMC (which as you should know they have AMC on their network right now) , then I think you are misinterpreting what was actually going on. DirecTV also cancelled, or threatened to cancel, television networks (such as E!) due to failing negotiations in price. Both companies are trying to offer the lowest possible price to consumers so they can get a leg up on their rival, but they can't do that without keeping the costs of showing those network shows under a certain price. Obviously AMC is starting to see success on its network within recent years, mostly due to shows like "The Walking Dead", and it has tried to up it's price to be featured on these cable providers.
Again, both Dish and DirecTV have done this before. In fact, almost all major network providers have threatened to pull a channel from it's network in order to sway the negotiations toward their side. However, I do not believe Dish is going to get out of the satellite TV business anytime soon. I believe they are instead going to try and offer an all-in-one package with television, internet, and cell phone service (similar to what Verizon and AT&T are offering right now, actually). If they can partner with someone like Google on this (remember Google picked Dish for it's Google TV so they have a history together) then they will have a shot at undercutting the competition without having to spend years at it like they did in the satellite TV world.
3. tigermcm (Posts: 750; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
for the past month Dish here in FL hasnt had the local networks can you explain that?
5. Dr.Phil (Posts: 927; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
It's all about contracts and money. Not to mention as the person below me as stated, you can easily buy an antenna to get those local channels. I know there are cable providers that have threatened to pull local channels before a major football game to try and get a response out of a network and sway the talks to their side.
4. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
Yes I can most of the contracts with various networks are up so they have to negotiate them again the reason why we lost amc big 10 and suck for a while. You can always connect ota antenna to the back of the receiver