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Dish’s Ergen Presses FCC to Approve Proposed Wireless Network

February 27, 2012

Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Dish Network Corp. Chairman Charlie Ergen asked U.S. regulators for immediate approval of a plan for a nationwide high-speed network for wireless Internet devices.

Ergen met yesterday with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and other agency officials, according to a filing by Dish posted today on the agency’s website.

Dish, the second-largest U.S. satellite-television provider behind DirecTV, asked the FCC in August for clearance to buy assets of DBSD North America Inc. and TerreStar Networks Inc. and for license waivers that would let it offer high-speed data service.

Incumbent mobile providers say Dish’s proposed network may cause interference to other services, and have asked the FCC to consider Ergen’s proposal as part of a broad rulemaking on new uses of airwaves.

CTIA-The Wireless Association, with members including largest U.S. mobile providers Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc., asked for the rulemaking in an Oct. 17 filing. Dish is seeking waivers “that would appear to eviscerate” some restrictions on airwaves use, the association said.

Dish in the filing said approval of its service now wouldn’t preclude a broad rulemaking later, and it would “look forward to participating.”

--Editors: Steve Walsh, Michael Shepard

To contact the reporter on this story: Todd Shields in Washington at tshields3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Shepard at mshepard7@bloomberg.net


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