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FCC Chairman Proposes Approving Dish’s Wireless Network

by Todd Haselton | November 21, 2012November 21, 2012 1:00 pm PDT

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Dish Network has been fighting to create a wireless network in the United States with hopes that it can compete on the same level as major carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. However, it has been trying to get government approval to do so and, as of Tuesday, the FCC is hinting at giving the plans a nod. According to The Washington Post, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski suggested giving the company the final go-ahead. Four other FCC heads need to greenlight the plan too, however, The Washington Post explained.

“If approved, these actions will promote competition, investment and innovation, and advance commission efforts to unleash spectrum for mobile broadband to help meet skyrocketing consumer demand, while unlocking billions of dollars of value to the public,” FCC spokesman Neil Grace said in a statement obtained by the news outlet. Dish isn’t out of the clear just yet, however.

The FCC ultimately denied a similar plan from LightSquared earlier this year and the commission is asking Dish to lower its network power levels to help prevent interference. LightSquared, for example, was accused of interfering with GPS networks (although it denied those accusations until the very end). “Telling us to lower our power levels cripples our ability to enter the business,” Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen told The Washington Post. “We want to enter the wireless business. We have $6 billion more we want to spend on building out this business. But the FCC could make it extremely risky for us.”

Dish is also allegedly seeking out partners for its wireless network and a recent report suggested it has already talked about future plans with Google.

[via The Washington Post, PhoneScoop]

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...