Dish Will Accept 5 MHz Guard Band Under Certain Circumstances
Says it would give up what amounts to 25% of its holdings for assurances it could use the rest ASAP
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/3/2012 8:36:04 PM
According to the filing, Dish chairman Charlie Ergen met in person or via phone with all the FCC commissioners and many staffers last week.
He has argued that the 5 MHz guard band requirement would wreak havoc with his business plan, which he has said is to create a 4G wireless broadband service in competition with existing services, something the FCC has been promoting.
But according to the filing, Dish is ready to accept the guard band, which is meant to protect an adjacent spectrum band (the H block) from interference, a band the FCC plans to auction for wireless broadband.
"Recognizing that the Commission desires to retain flexibility in the future use of the H Block, Dish offered to voluntarily designate the lowest 5 MHz of its uplink spectrum (2000-2005 MHz) as an internal terrestrial guard band, provided that safeguards are adopted to ensure that the remaining 15 MHz of its uplink spectrum (2005-2020 MHz) can be utilized as fully and as quickly as possible for mobile broadband," Dish said.
At presstime, only commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel had voted to approve the original proposal, so she would have to sign off on any change.
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