Today the FCC announced they have unanimously approved Dish to use 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.
“No matter how you slice it, this is a transformative outcome for Dish to expand beyond its pay-TV business,” said Paul Gallant, Washington-based managing director at Guggenheim Securities, in a Bloomberg interview. “Even if Dish loses the spectrum interference battle it’s been fighting, it still got most of what it wanted from the FCC.”
“The FCC has removed outdated regulations and granted terrestrial flexibility for most of the AWS-4 band. We appreciate the hard work and focus of the FCC and its staff throughout this process. The Commission has taken an important step toward facilitating wireless competition and innovation, and fulfilling the goals of the National Broadband Plan.
Following a more thorough review of the order and its technical details, DISH will consider its strategic options and the optimal approach to put this spectrum to use for the benefit of consumers.”
Dish now has the authority to establish a nationwide, broadband wireless service, using LTE-Advanced (Frequency Division), with 2 x 20MHz using their 2.1 GHz band.
The question is, who is going to build it.
AT&T may have the most need, but Ergen has previously said he’d rather not sell the spectrum. Sprint is the suitor of the hour…but Ergen could pull a wild card.
AT&T may be about to be played. Especially if Dish brings Google to the party.
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