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Dish Not Planning Wireless Play
'There's not a grand strategy at this point,' Says Ergen
by Karl Bode 09:43AM Monday Feb 28 2011
Earlier this month, Dish network acquired satellite operator DBSD North America for $1 billion as the company exited from bankruptcy. The deal involved a significant chunk of spectrum, which, combined with a number of other recent attempts at spectrum deals, immediately triggered rumors wondering if Dish was planning some kind of wireless play. The move wouldn't be outrageous, given as our exclusive leaked photos from last year suggest (confirmed by a loose lipped executive) DirecTV is testing an LTE-based home-broadband service in conjunction with Verizon. But during Dish earnings CEO Charles Ergen insisted there's no bigger picture behind the spectrum play, and that Dish is, like so many companies, simply grabbing the spectrum to squat on for now.

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fifty nine

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Should be a use it or lose it policy

There should not be a "spectrum crisis" when companies are hoarding spectrum. Use it or lose it.

El Quintron
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Re: Should be a use it or lose it policy

Agreed, squatting on the spectrum only serves to inflate it's value... artificially.
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KrK
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Maybe people should actually read....

quote:
"However, he said that right now there are no plans to start a wireless venture, that Dish looks at spectrum holdings individually first and that Dish wants to turn around DBSD's satellite business. Dish is waiting to hear from a federal bankruptcy judge on whether the bankruptcy court will accept its plan for DBSD.
That's not "sitting on the spectrum." That's buying a company that is in trouble and trying to save it. Big difference.
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DontBuyDish

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Absolutely!

Why does the FCC want to bribe or compel TV broadcasters to return spectrum when bozos like Charlie Ergen sit on idle spectrum for speculative purposes. Either provide a service or give it back.
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DirecTV/LTE

What is the point of the DirecTV LTE broadband service with Verizon. How is it any different than getting it directly from Verizon? Is there going to be a discount involved? Will the broadband caps be higher or perhaps no limits when using DirecTV VOD?
radougherty

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Re: DirecTV/LTE

IIRC, the CEO on a call last week said that the solution was geared mostly towards areas that don't have any wired internet access availability.