FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said yesterday the agency is going to fix its rules on designated entities to ensure that they benefit truly small businesses and are not used as a front to give discounts on spectrum to multibillion-dollar corporations. Lawmakers, a Republican FCC commissioner and carriers have said that Dish Network manipulated the FCC's designated entity system in its bidding strategy for the AWS-3 spectrum auction to get discounts on airwaves.
It's no secret that Charlie Ergen's Dish Network is an upstart in the wireless industry. In the past several years, the company has amassed a huge portfolio of spectrum licenses it could use to make a major play in the wireless industry. But Ergen's adversaries aren't confined to just the wireless industry.
The LightSquared bankruptcy saga continues. Two private equity firms, Cerberus Capital Management and Solus Alternative Asset Management, proposed a new restructuring plan for LightSquared that has garnered the support of Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen, LightSquared's largest creditor.
Verizon Wireless came out against joint bidding arrangements for future spectrum auctions, allying itself with AT&T Mobility and setting up a battle with Sprint and T-Mobile US ahead of next year's 600 MHz incentive auction.
T-Mobile US executives are making no secret of their desire to work with Dish Network and its chairman Charlie Ergen as Dish ponders how it will enter the wireless industry.
BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility thinks T-Mobile US should stop complaining about the results of the AWS-3 spectrum auction and that companies like AT&T that walked away with large spectrum holdings bid market prices for them--more than T-Mobile was willing to spend.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere reiterated his willingness to work with satellite TV provider and spectrum powerhouse Dish Network in some fashion.
Artemis Networks, a wireless startup that aims to reshape the wireless landscape through its pCell technology (and a 2014 Fierce 15 winner), is leasing spectrum from Dish Network in San Francisco to demonstrate its technology in a commercial service. Although Artemis aims to be more of a technology solutions provider, the company is partnering with Dish on a limited basis to get its technology off the ground.
Dish Network wants to use its wireless spectrum to launch an innovative mobile video service, and is willing to partner with companies both in and out of the wireless industry to do so, according to Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen. The key to any teaming would be that Dish and its partner should be able to accomplish more together than they could apart, he said.
Sprint and T-Mobile US are pushing the FCC to allow for joint bidding arrangements in the 600 MHz incentive auction, arguing that the agency should not issue a blanket prohibition against them for nationwide operators.