News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday December 12, 2012.
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The FCC has granted satellite TV provider Dish Network permission to launch a wireless network, which will enable Dish to finally put its spectrum holdings to use and begin offering voice and data services. The commission said that Dish, the No. 2 satellite provider in the U.S., can convert some of its unused spectrum for the purpose of building a network and wireless service to compete with established companies like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
After waiting months to gain approval from the FCC, Dish now faces the difficult task of deciding how to proceed. Dish confirmed last month that it considered partnering with another company to build its network, and Google was rumored to be one of those potential partners. It has recently been suggested that Dish could reach an agreement with an established carrier like Sprint to license its airwaves and deliver service as an MVNO. Dish could also abandon thoughts of trying to compete with carriers and simply sell its airwave rights for a big payday.
For now, Dish says it will "consider its strategic options and the optimal approach to put this spectrum to use for the benefit of consumers."source: Reuters
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