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.
The FCC is seeking comment on a range of changes to its bidding rules ahead of next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. Some of the proposed changes include rules that would specifically block the kind of bidding strategy that Dish Network employed during the recent AWS-3 spectrum auction.
The FCC will consider what changes it should make to its rules governing designated entities (DEs) that bid in spectrum auctions, ahead of next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.
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The FCC approved the assignment of AWS-3 spectrum licenses to Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile US, along with several smaller bidders. However, the commission has yet to approve licenses won in the AWS-3 auction by two designated entities in which Dish Network has an 85 percent economic stake, Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless. The FCC has also not yet approved licenses for several other bidders.
Now that it has emerged from bankruptcy protection, LightSquared wants to get back to what it had planned to do before it got mired in restructuring nearly three years ago: use spectrum to provide wireless service to U.S. customers.