FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the commission's decision over whether or not to grant a $3.3 billion discount related to the AWS-3 auction to two "designated entities" affiliated with Dish Network will not derail the upcoming incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV airwaves that is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2016.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges said the company will consider any partnership for T-Mobile US that can improve profitability at the carrier, comments that again open the door to potential M&A.
The battle lines are being drawn over changes to the FCC's bidding rules ahead of next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. AT&T and T-Mobile US want the commission to place restrictions on its designated entity (DE) rules to guard against what they argue was Dish Network's unfair manipulation of the rules during the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction.
Dish Network is aiming to hire a new CMO to help it jump into the wireless business, according to a Yahoo Finance report. The report, citing a Dish document, could indicate that Dish is preparing to launch a new wireless service in the near future, though there is no guarantee the company will do so.
Petitions are rolling in to the FCC to deny a $3.3 billion discount to two designated entities that partnered with Dish Network during the AWS-3 spectrum auction.
Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen and other Dish executives said the company is keeping all of its options open in terms of Dish's wireless strategy--but Ergen again expressed enthusiasm for T-Mobile US' approach to the market and its business strategy.
The FCC on Wednesday said that it approved the applications of two designated entities affiliated with Dish Network during the AWS-3 spectrum auction, along with seven other bidders. However, the FCC has not yet decided whether the Dish-affiliated companies will receive bidding discounts worth around $3.3 billion. Instead, the agency has formally opened up the companies' applications for public comment and other third parties can file petitions to deny the companies from getting the licenses or the discounts.
The FCC may reject bidding credits worth $3.3 billion to two designated entities that were affiliated with Dish Network during the AWS-3 spectrum auction, according to a Wall Street Journal article.
T-Mobile US, Sprint, Dish Network, C Spire Wireless and a group of policy and public interest groups have forged a new alliance intended to pressure the FCC to craft 600 MHz auction rules that they say will benefit smaller carriers and increase wireless competition.
U.S. wireless carriers along with Dish Network sit on wireless spectrum worth around $368 billion collectively, according to a report from a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.