FCC Approves Dish Network’s Wireless Spectrum To Build LTE Network

Dish Network has finally been given the green light to build it’s 4G LTE wireless network. The FCC has approved Dish’s request to use its AWS-4 spectrum to build a 4G LTE network. What Dish Network plans to do with that spectrum is still up in the air.

Dish says that it will consider its strategic options… meaning it hasn’t settled down on who it wants to partner up with.

It isn’t all good news for Dish today. The FCC also approved a proposal that will lead to the auction of the H Block spectrum in 2013. Dish wanted the spectrum to go unused so that they can utilize it themselves. Now they have to compete with Sprint during the auction.

Who knows which direction Dish will go now. They may begin selling mobile phones at their own Blockbuster stores, they may be working with Google to create a data-only network, or they may partner up with Sprint and become their own MVNO.

All Jeff Blum, Dish Network’s senior vice-president and deputy general counsel, had to say was,

“The FCC has removed outdated regulations and granted terrestrial flexibility for most of the AWS-4 band. We appreciate the hard work and focus of the FCC and its staff throughout this process. The Commission has taken an important step toward facilitating wireless competition and innovation, and fulfilling the goals of the National Broadband Plan. Following a more thorough review of the order and its technical details, DISH will consider its strategic options and the optimal approach to put this spectrum to use for the benefit of consumers.”

Which direction do you want Dish to take?

Endadget via FCC & Dish