Satellite TV subscribers aren't necessarily shut out of broadband Internet services. DISH Network
But that's not good enough for Dish CEO Charlie Ergen. Sister company EchoStar
But that's not Dish's only iron in the broadband fires. Ergen also wants to start a wireless high-speed network based on radio towers, using satellite-grade bandwidth licenses. That move requires approval from the FCC, which previously shut down a similar plan from erstwhile Sprint Nextel
Dish runs the risk that regulators will stick to their guns, in which case, these radio licenses would have to be used for satellite-based signals after all. I'm sure Ergen has a plan B for that contingency, but would prefer to have a more responsive earth-bound product in his back pocket.
I have a bullish CAPScall riding on Ergen's broadband plans. If he can pull off this complicated design, we'd eventually get an Internet-based satellite TV service that's capable of streaming content and entertainment in a whole new format. This would be real competition for Netflix
But the whole thing depends on getting that final FCC approval for tower-based networking. Until we figure out how to send data faster than the speed of light, there will always be things you just can't do with slightly laggy satellite connections.
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