Dish Network Says FCC Proposal Would Cripple Wireless Plans
As Dish tries to become a wireless carrier, the FCC is looking at a plan the company said would delay the build-out of its wireless network.Satellite broadcast service provider Dish Network may have taken a general step forward with the Federal Communications Commission in its goal to become a wireless carrier, but the company panned the FCC’s plan, saying their proposal was too restrictive. Dish issued a statement responding to the rules that would, once approved by the full Commission, govern 40 MHz of broadband-ready AWS-4 wireless spectrum controlled by Dish Network. The company has declared its intent to launch a wireless business assuming the FCC delivers rules making it economically and technically feasible to do so, and expects to invest billions of dollars to create a wireless broadband network that would power a variety of mobile and fixed devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers. “While the FCC’s proposed order, based on reported accounts, does properly address some of the opportunities with this spectrum, it’s significantly flawed by introducing serious limitations that impair its utility,” said Dish executive vice president and general counsel R. Stanton Dodge. “While the FCC would grant full terrestrial rights, its proposal to lower our power and emissions levels could cripple our ability to enter the business.”
In the draft order, the FCC seems to back a proposal, advanced by rival carrier Sprint, calling on Dish to disable 25 percent of its uplink spectrum and impair another 25 percent of that spectrum to accommodate possible future use by Sprint of neighboring H Block spectrum—which the FCC does not currently license and is currently unused. Sprint, which controls more than 200 MHz of wireless spectrum, has expressed interest in acquiring rights to the 5 MHz H Block.