Why is Dish Network Not Happy With This FCC Proposal?

Dish Network (NASDAQ:DISH) has fought long and hard to establish its own wireless network that would compete with the duopoly held by AT&T (NYSE:T) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ). After the Federal Communications Commission rejected Dish Network’s March request to use its 40 GHz spectrum for a cellphone network rather than the satellite communications network for which it was originally designated, the agency announced that it would conduct a formal review.

While the FCC is expected to come to a decision regarding the spectrum’s use before the end of the year, the agency’s chairman Julius Genachowski proposed to allow the company to use its spectrum to build a wireless network on Tuesday.

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However, Genachowski’s proposal came with a caveat; the FCC is considering limiting the amount of power used on the spectrum in order to protect against interference on a neighboring spectrum band.

The FCC has made such a detailed examination of Dish’s request because of its potential to change the wireless market. The agency, which denied the proposed merger between AT&T and Deutsche Telekom’s (DTEGY:PK) T-Mobile last year, prefers the market to be more competitive…

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