News by Dan Seifert on Monday May 21, 2012.
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T-Mobile and MetroPCS have both filed petitions with the Federal Communications Commission to request that the agency force Dish Networks to give up about half of the spectrum holdings it owns. Dish owns 40MHz of spectrum licenses in the 2000-2020MHz and 2180-2200MHz bands that it is hoping to use for a terrestrial 4G LTE network.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS are asking the FCC to force Dish to give up about 20MHz of its licenses as a condition for approval for its LTE proposal. The two carriers say that the condition is to prevent Dish from making a "windfall" were it to sell its holdings to Verizon Wireless or AT&T. It is assumed that the FCC would then be able to auction the unused spectrum off to other companies.
The Rural Cellular Association, another group that frequently has something to say about spectrum utilization, contends that Dish should be forced to offer roaming agreements to smaller carriers at cost-based rates if its network were to be approved. Additionally, the RCA says that Dish should not be allowed to offer roaming agreements to AT&T or Verizon Wireless without first going through the FCC.
Dish hopes to be able to launch its network by 2016, though it says that it may take longer than that to build it out. The FCC has proposed that Dish have its network cover 30 percent of the U.S. population within three years of getting approval, which has yet to occur.source: Fierce Wireless, via: Phone Scoop
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