Dish told ‘No’ to $3.3B in spectrum discounts

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) told Dish that its two affiliates are ineligible for $3.3 billion in small-business discounts they claimed after a mega auction of spectrum in the US earlier this year. The US broadcaster met FCC staff to …

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FCC tightens auction rules amid Dish controversy

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) tightened the rules to its designated entity initiative, following an alleged misuse of the system by US broadcaster Dish Network earlier this year. The program, designed to encourage smaller companies, rural players and minority-owned …

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Dealmaker Ergen is in no hurry

Dish Network, the satellite TV broadcaster reportedly in deal talks with T-Mobile US, is not rushing to conclude any M&A activity, chairman Charlie Ergen told the Denver Business Journal. In fact, the reverse is true, according to Ergen (pictured). “We’re …

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FCC reviewing spectrum auction discounts — report

The US Federal Communications Commission wants to change government rules for frequency auctions so that big companies cannot use a discount programme actually meant for small businesses, Reuters reported. The commission’s chairman, Tom Wheeler, told the US Senate that he intends …

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Dish chief to step down

Joseph Clayton (pictured) is set to retire as president and CEO of Dish Network, US satellite broadcaster and controversial spectrum winner, to be replaced by founder and chairman Charlie Ergen. Forty-two year industry veteran Clayton is leaving Dish’s executive suite …

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AT&T hits out at Dish in US spectrum spat

AT&T joined the chorus of critics following the recent blockbuster US spectrum auction, warning that frequencies should go to companies that are willing to deploy networks – “not speculators or stockpilers”. The criticism was aimed at Dish Network, which participated …

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Dish defends bid tactics in US spectrum auction

Dish Network made no secret of its strategy in the Federal Communication Commission’s auction, despite coming under fire for now claiming back $3.3 billion in discounts. The satellite broadcaster “fully complied” with rules in the FCC’s contest from which it …

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AT&T is top AWS-3 bidder; Dish under fire

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed AT&T as the leading bidder in the record-breaking AWS-3 auction but is casting a sceptical eye over some $3.3 billion of discounts claimed by second-placed Dish Network. AT&T tabled winning bids worth $18 billion, …

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FCC lands record-breaking $44.9B in spectrum auction

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) raised $44.9 billion in its AWS-3 auction of radio frequencies, with the likes of AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile US scrapping over the spoils. The auction, which has been rolling on for some months, raised …

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