Dish Network has been criticized for using two designated entities, which are essentially investment vehicles, to secure $3.33 billion in discounts in the FCC's just-completed AWS-3 spectrum auction. According to an investigation by the Wall Street Journal, while the investment structure for the entities is legal, it involves a complex web of investment partners, including a former FCC official.
Revenue from streaming video services jumped 175 percent between 2010 and 2013, from $1.86 billion to $5.12 billion. That massive rise in dollars being thrown at online video is part of the reason why raising the broadband speed bar in the U.S. to 25 Mbps is absolutely essential to continued economic growth, according to Internet Association President Michael Beckerman.
Idaho's Treasure Valley may be an emerging technology hub, but an FCC report points out that there is a lack of broadband availability throughout the state.
As has been widely expected, multiple media reports indicate that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will introduce a draft order to codify net neutrality rules that would reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Additionally, according to one report, the draft order will place mobile data services under that regulatory regime--something that is sure to provoke fierce backlash from the CTIA and wireless carriers.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is gearing up for a battle with state legislators in Tennessee and North Carolina with plans to circulate a draft decision to overturn anti-municipal broadband laws in both states, reports The Washington Post, citing a senior agency official.
Charlie Ergen's Dish Network plunked down about $10 billion to acquire various spectrum licenses in the FCC's recently completed AWS-3 spectrum auction. While the purchase of these spectrum licenses combined with those Dish already owns will turn the satellite provider into a large spectrum owner, the question is what will it do next?
Thanks to its $18.2 billion in new AWS-3 spectrum, AT&T Mobility has caught up to Verizon Wireless in spectrum ownership in major markets, according to analysts. "We estimate that AT&T and Verizon are in general parity in terms of paired low- and mid-band spectrum assets in the top 20 markets (~120 MHz), with AT&T spending $18 billion to Verizon's $10 billion," Jefferies analysts Mike McCormack, Scott Goldman and Tudor Mustata wrote in a research note.
As the dust settles on the now-completed AWS-3 spectrum auction, one FCC commissioner is blasting the discount that Dish Network's two designated bidding entities are to receive. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said the discount "makes a mockery" of discounts that are intended for small businesses.
Marriott International, the American Hotel & Lodging Association and Ryman Hospitality Properties on Friday withdrew their petition with the FCC that sought rules and clarity around Wi-Fi networking management tools--also known as the "Wi-Fi blocking" petition.
Dish Network is spending around $10 billion to acquire a wide range of spectrum licenses in the FCC's now-completed AWS-3 spectrum auction. That spectrum, combined with the wide-ranging spectrum licenses that Dish already owns, will turn Charlie Ergen's company into a spectrum powerhouse. But it's still not clear what Ergen's Dish is going to do with all of its airwaves.