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FCC refuses to give cash rebates to Dish affiliates for the AWS-3 auction


Eyebrows were raised when US satellite and cable operator Dish cleverly gamed the rules of the AWS-3 spectrum auction held earlier this year, using affiliates to bid for spectrum at a reduced price. Now, seven months later, the US regulator has decided that Dish was being far too cheeky and has denied bidding credits to SNR Wireless and Northstar Wireless on the grounds that they were ineligible.

The idea behind the credits was to encourage small businesses to participate alongside the telco giants in the auction. And whilst SNR and Northstar were both relatively small businesses in their own right (although there are allegations that the two companies were created solely as bidding vehicles for Dish), the fact that Dish was then aggregating their acquired spectrum for its own purposes was deemed inappropriate.


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