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Dish AT&T-T-Mobile Filing Hints at Wireless Plans
Is Dish Cooking up Their Own Wireless Broadband Solution?
by Karl Bode 10:17AM Monday Jul 25 2011
Like many other competitors, Dish Network is opposed to AT&T's planned $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile. While that's not particularly surprising, Dish's filing with the FCC (via Fierce Wireless) contains an interesting hint about some future Dish wireless plans. According to some meeting minutes in the filing, Dish met with the FCC to voice their opposition to the deal because it "would harm competition and consumers by, among other things, potentially discouraging Dish Network from entering the market to provide mobile broadband." We exclusively reported last fall that DirecTV was working with Verizon to offer a fixed LTE wireless broadband service. Dish has been gobbling up spectrum, and could be considering a similar play in the hopes of bundling mobile or fixed wireless broadband service with traditional satellite television.

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ronnie

join:2001-02-17
34. N 84.7 W

Dish Wireless?

Hummm. Something smells with this.

Snakeoil
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join:2000-08-05
Mentor, OH
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Re: Dish Wireless?

Maybe dish is trying a "reach around". They see the hassles Netflix has with ISPs. Dish.. Echostar have the slingbox device. Slingbox can stream over the internet, to your mobile device, or to other slingbox devices.
As ISPs seem to be in the media distribution game, they may get fussy, if slingbox were to "take off".

So it could be that Dish may dodge those issues, if they provided wireless service. As some cable providers, that are ISPs will allow subscribers to watch their media on mobile devices using apps [I think time warner is one].

Be interesting to see the price and the amount they allow. As my understanding is the current wireless plans are pretty hefty just to use for streaming media like Netflix.
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Dish doing cell service? As what - another MVNO using Sprint &/or Lightsquared as the provider? Sounds like they might be in to it just for a shared marketing deal and nothing else.
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rlharris02

join:2009-02-06

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Re: Dish Wireless?

Dish owns about 66mhz of Spectrum, high and low band.

They might and should get into a network sharing deal with Sprint's Network Vision plan.

mix

join:2002-03-19
Utica, MI
Given enough spectrum for cell phone service/internet, why would you need broadcast satellites and satellite dishes at all... think about it.
rlharris02

join:2009-02-06

Re: Dish Wireless?

Becuase Dish Network is a TV provider...... thats why they need satellites.
wheelbarrow

join:2010-01-06
USA

Yeah..

I'd rather have dial up than satellite "broadband" - especially if the service was from Dish Network.

I would prefer the fixed LTE from Verizon, but I know they'll charge an arm and a leg (maybe more?) for overages.
willzzz

join:2007-05-23
SE MI

Re: Yeah..

This is going to be MOBILE BROADBAND which is 3-5 miles local LTE wireless to a tower that has fiber/microwave back-haul of the high capacity GigE sort that VZW uses and soon AT&T.
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Use it or lose it

We really need some serious Use it or Lose it rules on all the spectrum, as there is so much of it sitting unused by companies that don't even own networks.