In its reply comments to the Federal Communications Commission or FCC, Dish Network Corp. (DISH: Quote) said it is prepared to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure and employ tens of thousands of Americans.
According to a recent study, every 10 MHz of additional licensed spectrum made available for mobile broadband increases the U.S. Gross Domestic Product "GDP" by $1.739 billion and employment by at least 7,000 jobs. By this metric, unleashing the 40 MHz of S-Band spectrum would increase GDP by almost $7 billion and create 28,000 jobs.
The company said the record reflects broad industry and public support for the Commission's proposal to proceed expeditiously with modifying DISH's authority in the 2 GHz band to include terrestrial advanced wireless services.
The company said that New terrestrial mobile broadband operations in the 2 GHz band will benefit American consumers. The Commission should expedite deployment of these services by immediately freeing the artificial constraints from the band as soon as possible.
"Commenters support buildout schedules and measured consequences on par with requirements set in other proceedings to allocate spectrum for mobile services. DISH should not be hamstrung with an unrealistic schedule to which incumbents are not subject and that ultimately delays service to the public. Commenters also agree that missed performance benchmarks should not result in the 'death penalty' of automatic license termination," the company said.
"We are pleased with the overwhelming support for the Commission's proposals and for DISH's entry into the wireless market," said Tom Cullen, executive vice president of DISH. "The comments recognize the vital importance of unleashing spectrum for wireless broadband as quickly as possible. We look forward to working with the Commission to swiftly finalize the rules so more spectrum can be put to use for the benefit of American consumers."
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