DISH Submits Reply Comments to FCC on Wireless Rules
As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) concludes the comment period for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) over wireless spectrum licensed by DISH, the Colorado-based pay-TV company provided the FCC its response today to filings submitted by more than 30 industry groups.
The question before the FCC is whether to change the current rules governing the so-called "Mobile-Satellite Service" spectrum so that it can be more efficiently used to deliver wireless broadband services for data, voice and video applications into the mass market. The FCC comment period opened May 17 and closes today.
"We are pleased with the overwhelming support for the Commission's proposals and for DISH's entry into the wireless market," said Tom Cullen, executive vice president of DISH. "The comments recognize the vital importance of unleashing spectrum for wireless broadband as quickly as possible. We look forward to working with the Commission to swiftly finalize the rules so more spectrum can be put to use for the benefit of American consumers."
In June 2010, President Obama signed a presidential memorandum calling for the availability of up to 500 MHz of additional spectrum over the next decade to meet growing consumer demand for smartphones, tablets and other devices.
Last year, DISH invested $3 billion to acquire the license rights to 40 MHz of spectrum in the 2 GHz band. This spectrum remains largely unused due to the uncompetitive requirements currently in place.
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