These conditions become important if Dish decides to build its own Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network. The company has already discussed the idea of selling the spectrum and forging a partnership with a larger carrier and nothing in the order prevents Dish from selling its spectrum. Recent reports suggest that Dish and Sprint Nextel Corp. could form a partnership whereby Dish would sell its spectrum in exchange for a deal that would let Dish sell services on the Sprint network. Dish was coy about its plans when the FCC approved the spectrum for terrestrial use, saying only that it would consider its "strategic options." To add to the intrigue, Dish announced Wednesday that its DISH DBS Corp. subsidiary plans to commence an offering that "may include spectrum-related strategic transactions."
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable