Dish Network Corporation (DISH)
Late in 2012 the FCC removed regulations on 40 MHz of underutilized satellite communications frequency spectrum held by Dish Network Corporation by allowing the spectrum in the AWS-4 band to be utilized nationally for terrestrial communications.1 Additionally, DISH has purchased frequency spectrum in FCC auctions in the AWS-3, H block, 600 MHz, and 700 MHz bands.
Over the past four years DISH has experimented with wireless broadband but has yet to declare how it intends to deploy this frequency spectrum.2 There is a deadline. The FCC placed buildout requirements for DISH to implement the spectrum. The original rules called for 40 percent signal coverage by the AWS-4 licenses within four years or a 70 percent buildout within seven years.3 DISH petitioned and received a waiver allowing it eight years to perform the buildout by early 2021. Since it’s still undetermined how DISH will utilize its spectrum, one can only speculate as to how much wireless site acquisition and permitting will be involved in the next three years.