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#1 ONLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:11 PM

Mar. 4, 2014 3:53 PM ET | About: DISH

Dish Network (DISH) recently won the bidding for wireless broadband frequencies in all 176 U.S. markets auctioned by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). [1] Dish bid exactly the $1.56 billion it promised the FCC that it would spend in exchange for more flexibility in how it uses other wireless broadband frequencies. While the FCC will be deploying the raised money for the licenses to fund a nationwide wireless communications network for emergency responders, Dish gets another 10 megahertz of spectrum, taking its total spectrum holding to 56 megahertz. Having amassed the spectrum, Dish can move forward with a number of options, such as leasing or selling the spectrum, launching its own nationwide wireless network, or partnering with an existing wireless carrier.


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Posted 04 March 2014 - 08:16 PM

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I hope they use at least part of the bandwidth for streamed video. Imagine a "DISH Network" phone where one could watch subscription and on demand television - anywhere. They are not far from that using other carrier's networks (and their customer's data plans). A phone with content from their satellite carriage contracts would be a good deal.
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Posted 05 March 2014 - 07:46 AM

Whatever they're going to do with all that spectrum they need to figure it out. The government won't just let them sit on it forever.




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Posted 05 March 2014 - 12:52 PM

I'm sure they have a plan, good or bad, you do not spend that kind of money and then wonder what to do with the purchase.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:16 PM

:)

I hope they use at least part of the bandwidth for streamed video. Imagine a "DISH Network" phone where one could watch subscription and on demand television - anywhere. They are not far from that using other carrier's networks (and their customer's data plans). A phone with content from their satellite carriage contracts would be a good deal.

 

I think you've identified Charlie's secret plan, particularly based upon the Disney deal. It also relates to the recent Netflix deal with Comcast. Simply you cannot expect other ISP's to allow video streaming without offsetting compensation as it chews up capacity. Bandwidth is gold relative to TV internet streaming packages envisioned in the Disney deal. I don't know about a Dish Network phone, but it does relate somehow.


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Posted 05 March 2014 - 03:50 PM

I'm thinking more of a WISP type setup.  Set-top box type modem, one per house to feed the LAN,  ROKU on steroids type thing.

 

Ideally, they could mail the boxes out for self-install without needing tech visits.  Maybe some would need an optional outdoor antenna that would also be self-install.

 

Not sure how they would distribute the signal though.  Maybe acquire space on some cell towers or other radio towers.


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