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FCC OK Dish Cellular Plan With Restrictions

Washington D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved Dish’s proposal to repurpose 2GHz satellite spectrum for a terrestrial voice and broadband network but with the restrictions that Dish previously opposed.

 For its part, Dish would only say that the commission “has taken an important step toward facilitating wireless competition and innovation,” but Dish also said that “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.”

 When the restrictions were first proposed by the FCC chairman to reduce interference with a nearby communications band, Dish executive VP R. Stanton Dodge said the “proposal to lower our power and emissions levels could cripple our ability to enter the business,” said executive VP R. Stanton Dodge at the time.

 Dish contended that the FCC would disable 25 percent of Dish’s planned uplink spectrum and “impair” another 25 percent “to accommodate possible future use of neighboring H Block [1900MHz] spectrum by Sprint.” That 5MHz of spectrum is currently unused, and Sprint has expressed an interest in purchasing it, Dish said.

 For its part, an FCC spokesperson said, “Carefully balanced technical requirements will unlock tremendous value in both the AWS-4 [satellite] band and the 10MHz H Block,
which Congress directed us to auction.”