Thursday, June 23, 2022

DISH Loses Spectrum Auction Bidding Credit Appeal

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief
A federal appeals court said the FCC was correct when the agency ruled that two companies tied to DISH Network were ineligible to receive $3.3 billion in bidding credits that were available to small businesses that took part in a 2014 spectrum auction. SNR Wireless LicenseCo LLC and Northstar Wireless failed to show that the Commission violated a remand order in a prior ruling by not properly negotiating with the companies over how to secure “de facto” independence from DISH. So ruled Judge Patricia Millett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, reported Bloomberg.

New Street Research Policy Analyst Blair Levin writes in a note for analysts that while the appeal process can continue, “it is all but done.” That means the FCC would soon be free to re-auction the licenses that were turned back into the Commission when it challenged the DISH/DE relationship, saying it was “contrary” to its rules. Continue Reading

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