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EchoStar won chunk of fed's 700 MHz auction

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  1. FTA Michael

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    "EchoStar won sizable amounts of spectrum in the government’s 700-Megahertz wireless spectrum auction – and Cox Communications emerged as the largest winning cable entity – but the biggest slices went to Verizon Wireless and AT&T, the Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday."

    EchoStar's winning bids totalled $711 million.

    Much more at Multichannel News: http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6543745.html
     
  2. dgordo

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    What do they plan to do with the spectrum?
     
  3. James Long

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  4. Richard King

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    Echostar will set up a multichannel television distribution network across the country to compete with the entrenched cable and satellite companies......


    Well, it would be interesting. ;)
     
  5. James Long

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    Receivers "phone home" via 700 MHz ... and report where they are via triangulation. :D

    Probably the last thing on Echostar's list of uses. I can see portable internet and video (similar to Qualicomm's TV offerings).
     
  6. jclewter79

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    Is this the analog TV spectrum? Nevermind, I read the link and answered my own question.:)
     
  7. James Long

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    Yep ... E* bought most (geographically) of band "E" ... currently Channel 56.
     
  8. Mike500

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    Dish could retransmit HD locals off of cell towers to free up bandwidth off of the satellites.

    This could change the whole competition between Dish and Direct on HD locals. Cell phone antennas, transmitters and receivers require very little power and space. And, the hardware has really become cheap.
     
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    I'm expecting a "DISH Mobile" service for those 7" screens that are appearing in vehicles. A selection of SD channels with enough resolution to look good on a small screen. Don't sit too close! :)
     
  10. Richard King

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    But, would that be legal in a front seat situation?
     
  11. James Long

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    It depends on state laws. I don't believe there is a federal restriction.
    PQ on a 7" screen is still important ... but imagine "PocketDISH LIVE". :D
     
  12. reddice

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    Using 700 Mhz for mobile phone services is useless. They have enough bandwidth for that anyway. Did they take 800 Mhz for that. They should use it for broadband internet so you can get broadband in areas that can't get it now not more wireless mobile phone services.
     
  13. JohnH

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    Here is the 8-K:

    http://dish.client.shareholder.com/secfiling.cfm?filingid=1415404-08-5

    Item 8.01. Other Events.



    A wholly-owned subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation participated in the auction of 700 MHz wireless spectrum designated by the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") as Auction 73 (the “Auction”). On March 20, 2008, the FCC disclosed that the subsidiary was the provisional winning bidder of 168 E Block licenses in the Auction totaling $711,871,000 and representing coverage of 76% of the U.S. population. While the bidding in the Auction has ended, the FCC has not yet awarded any of the licenses to winning bidders nor is there any prescribed timeframe for the FCC to review the qualifications of the various winning bidders and award licenses.
     
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  15. FTA Michael

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    That wouldn't be a bad idea. I have OTA already or better yet on demand?
     
  17. A_Pac

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    http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Whats-Echostar-Cooking-92856
     
  18. RAD

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    Dripping...
    Another story about it at http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/djf500/200803241135DOWJONESDJONLINE000204_FORTUNE5.htm

    "The company purchased what is known as "unpaired" spectrum, which generally allows for one-way communication, and which isn't ideal for a full-service wireless broadband network, according to analysts.

    DISH could, however, create a wireless network focused solely on providing on- demand content to supplement its existing service. It could use a customer's existing Internet pipe for the two-way communication"


    Also:

    "The strategy makes sense, since the spectrum DISH purchased avoids the major markets and is focused on rural areas, where the company is strongest.

    "Because they didn't pick up the larger markets, they are ceding the urban markets to others," Altman said."
     
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