Last week's FCC notice of proposed rulemaking not only sets the stage for Globalstar to offer a private, licensed Wi-Fi service using some of its spectrum but also confirms that the commission will address Globalstar's longer-term plan to offer LTE services in the full Big LEO band via a separate, future proceeding.
Dish Network said Wednesday that it plans to fold all 300 of its remaining Blockbuster retail stores, and that it will also halt its DVD-by-mail service by early January.
Intel is reportedly struggling to line up programming partners for its planned over-the-top TV service. The situation has apparently become so dire, the chip maker has sought help from technology companies that already have relationships with the media industry.
Dish Network scored another legal victory for its Hopper multi-room DVR after the 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request from 20 th Century Fox to overturn a lower court's decision.
NimbleTV was introduced last year and promised subscribers around the country they could buy online access to certain pay-TV providers' packages of subscription television no matter where they were. But last week, one of the pay-TV providers seems to have stopped cooperating.
The FCC said in a public notice that it could be ready to auction the 1900 MHz PCS H Block of spectrum as soon as January 2014, its first major spectrum auction since 2008. The commission is seeking public comment on its proposed rules for the auction, which could draw interest from Sprint, Dish Network and others.
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Dish Network executives have criticized Sprint for filing a lawsuit aimed at blocking it from acquiring broadband wireless provider Clearwire.
Dish Network increased its offer to buy Clearwire to $4.40 per share, representing a 29 percent premium on Sprint Nextel's $3.40 per share offer just days ahead of a meeting where Clearwire shareholders are expected to vote on Sprint's proposal. The new offer also comes amid continuing resistance from minority Clearwire shareholders to Sprint's offer, a bid it improved form $2.97 per share, which they say still undervalues the company.
I've been watching for signs of a Dish Network get-together with Sprint Nextel since late 2011, due to a conversation I had with an acquaintance who did not work in the telecom or cable industries but knew a number of Dish employees. Those folks had been talking about Charlie Ergen's plans to build a new wireless network using satellite spectrum he had acquired, and they also mentioned that Sprint Nextel was probably going to be a player in this network.