DISH Policy Blog

June 8, 2016
The MVDDS Coalition, of which DISH is a member, is urging the FCC to issue a further notice of proposed rulemaking (FNPRM) that includes the 500 MHz of contiguous MVDDS spectrum (12.2-12.7 GHz) when it votes on the currently pending Spectrum Frontiers NPRM this summer.By modernizing the rules, the FCC can unleash the potential of this underutilized spectrum for Fifth Generation (5G) mobile broadband technologies and ensure that the U.S. continues its leadership role in wireless.more...
April 22, 2016
On April 19, DISH filed an Ex Parte with the FCC requesting a meaningful standalone broadband condition to mitigate the anticompetitive harms of the Charter/ TWC merger, should the Commission approve the transaction.The Ex Parte can be found here.more...
March 18, 2016
DISH issued the following statement on introduction of the Venue Equity and Non-Uniformity Elimination Act:“DISH applauds Senators Gardner, Flake, and Lee for introducing the Venue Equity and Non-Uniformity Elimination Act, which seeks to ensure the proper venue for patent infringement suits.  The legislation, if passed, will help protect innovators from the growing problem of patent trolls."-Jeffrey Blum, Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel, DISHmore...
February 2, 2016
Yesterday, we announced that our latest DVR, the Hopper 3, is available to customers nationwide. With each generation of the Hopper, which we first launched in 2012, our goal has been to deliver the most innovative, user-friendly DVR on the market. We’ve continued to evolve to stay ahead of changes in how customers access and experience entertainment, starting with a true whole-home solution and our “Prime Time Anytime” feature.more...
January 21, 2016
Today, DISH joined in the launch of the Stop Mega Cable Coalition to help raise awareness of the harms posed by the proposed Charter/ Time Warner Cable merger. Following is the news release on the launch with more information on why the coalition was formed, a list of organizations that have joined the coalition, and quotes by select members, including Jeff Blum of DISH. The coalition also launched a website, which can be found here.Stop Mega Cable Coalition Launches; Warns of the Harmsmore...
December 17, 2015
DISH issued the following statement today following reintroduction of the Furthering Access and Networks for Sports (FANS) Act by Senators John McCain and Richard Blumenthal."DISH applauds Senators McCain and Blumenthal for reintroducing the bipartisan FANS Act. Sports fans should not get dragged into retransmission consent disputes. We hope that Congress gives their proposal serious consideration.”-Jeffrey Blum, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, DISHmore...
December 1, 2015
Today, the American Television Alliance (ATVA) filed comments on the FCC’s proposal to reexamine the “totality of the circumstances” test in retransmission consent good-faith negotiation rules. The following statement on the filing can be attributed to Jeff Blum, DISH senior vice president and deputy general counsel.“The evidence is in: the system is broken and customers have been left paying the price through broadcaster blackouts and skyrocketing retransmission consent rates. The FCC needsmore...
November 12, 2015
Today, DISH filed a reply with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) countering arguments made by Charter Communications, Inc. (Charter), Time Warner Cable, Inc. (TWC) and Bright House Networks (BHN) defending the proposed merger between the companies. In the reply, DISH outlines how the applicants have failed to prove that this proposed merger is in the public interest and reiterates its call for the FCC to deny the merger.more...
November 6, 2015
DISH employees from around the country recently joined together for the inaugural “DISH Day of Service,” a companywide day of volunteering and community outreach. More than 1,000 volunteers took part in 100 events across 28 states, making it the largest volunteering initiative in DISH’s history. Together with their friends and families, DISH employees supported 80 different nonprofits and a variety of causes, including health, education, hunger, poverty, and the environment.more...
October 13, 2015
Today, we filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) a petition to deny the proposed merger of Charter Communications, Inc. and Time Warner Cable, Inc. Citing substantial harm to competition and consumers, the petition outlines, among other things, the critical role that high-speed broadband plays in the video industry and the potential for the merger to significantly damage competitive development of over-the-top (OTT) video and limit consumer access to online video programming.more...