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FCC allows Dish Network to use spectrum for cellular network

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FCC allows Dish Network to use spectrum for cellular network
Taking one giant step toward its goal of becoming a major mobile carrier, Dish Network received approval from the FCC to change some of its spectrum used for satellite transmissions, into spectrum for a land based cellular network. The spectrum owned by the satellite content provider, 40MHz in the AWS-4 band, isn't considered the best for celllular transmissions, but is usable. On Tuesday, a Dish spokesman said the company will "consider its strategic options and the optimal approach to put this spectrum to use for the benefit of consumers."

The new face of cellular? Dish chairman Charles Egren

The new face of cellular? Dish chairman Charles Egren

The FCC did put some conditions on Dish. Sprint, which had been against giving Dish this permission in the first place, uses the spectrum near AWS-4 and as a result the FCC limited how much spectrum Dish can use. The FCC also limited Dish's power levels as well so as to prevent its signal from interfering with nearby signals from other carriers. The result is that Dish will have a smaller amount of spectrum it can use when it launches its network. And as part of the deal, the FCC will auction off spectrum in the AWS-H Block which is close to Dish's holdings and has been eyed by Sprint. The whole story is no surprise since 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
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posted on 12 Dec 2012, 02:39 1

1. tigermcm (Posts: 693; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


Just in time since they seem to be moving out of the satellite business by cancelling networks

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 03:35

2. Dr.Phil (Posts: 897; 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.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 04:29 1

3. tigermcm (Posts: 693; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


for the past month Dish here in FL hasnt had the local networks can you explain that?

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 23:53

5. Dr.Phil (Posts: 897; 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.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 09:34 1

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

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