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Dish Gains FCC Approval for its Spectrum Plans

By December 12, 2012

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The Federal Communications Commission, better known as the FCC, has now officially approved Dish Network's request to make use of its satellite spectrum to develop a terrestrial wireless mobile network. Dish Network's proposal, which was presented to the FCC last month, has now gained approval.

The FCC, though, has laid down certain conditions on the proposal, which may impact Dish's quality of service. The first condition is that a new spectrum auction would be required in order to finance a dedicated first-responder network. The new auction, slated to take place sometime early next year, would sell the AWS-H Block spectrum to interested bidders.

The second condition laid down by the FCC is that Dish would have to decrease its power levels, so that it does not interfere with the neighboring spectrum, which is owned by Sprint.

Dish has stated that it would consider its options and try to strike the right balance to set up this spectrum so as to give maximum benefit to customers.

Personally, these conditions sound rather unfair to Dish Network. What do you think about this?

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