Dish Network confirmed the FCC is poised to deny $3.33 billion in bidding credits to two affiliates that won airwaves in the AWS-3 spectrum auction that ended in January, dealing a financial blow to Dish.
Dish Network's stock slipped following a report that said its deal talks with T-Mobile US had stalled and a separate report indicating that the FCC is planning to reject $3.3 billion in spectrum bidding credits for two companies affiliated with the satellite TV provider. Dish's shares were down more than 3 percent in late-afternoon trading.
WASHINGTON—The FCC voted 3-2 to approve new competitive bidding rules for spectrum auctions that the majority of the commissioners at the agency said would block the kind of bidding strategy that Dish Network employed during the AWS-3 spectrum auction.
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T-Mobile US' new family plan promotion will likely put more pressure on its network capacity and speed up the timeframe for when it needs to make a deal with another company, according to financial analysts.
Speculation is still rife that Dish Network and T-Mobile US will forge some kind of deal, but Dish CEO Charlie Ergen said that he does not feel any pressure to make any kind of deal, though he declined to comment directly on a transaction with T-Mobile. "We're not feeling any pressure to do anything," Ergen said in an interview with the Denver Business Journal.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated to his fellow commissioners new competitive bidding rules for spectrum auctions that would block the kind of bidding strategy that Dish Network employed during the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The proposed rules would cap for the first time amount of bidding credits small businesses and so-called "designated entities" could get in auctions at $150 million.
T-Mobile US parent Deutsche Telekom, which is reportedly in talks with Dish Network about Dish buying T-Mobile, is also talking to Comcast about a possible deal, according to a report from German publication Manager Magazin.
Verizon Communications has no interest in buying Dish Network, according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo.
Dish Network is in talks with banks to line up between $10 billion and $15 billion of debt financing for the cash portion of a transaction to acquire T-Mobile US, according to multiple reports.