Welcome to today's broadband and cable news roundup.
Dish Network LLC (Nasdaq: DISH) is more likely than ever to seek out a wireless broadband partner rather than going it alone, Chairman Charlie Ergen tells The Denver Post. Dish originally sought a waiver that would let it use its Mobile-Satellite Services (MSS) spectrum for terrestrial-only services, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opted to pursue a formal rulemaking, prolonging the process. "The net effect of the delay is that it has become (less likely) that we would be able to build a network from scratch ourselves," he told the paper. "I think we had all our options open if we had gotten it done by the first of the year." Meanwhile, Dish and Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) are working on a new chip for handsets that can operate in both terrestrial and satellite modes in the 2GHz/AWS-4 bands. (See Dish Chairman Ready to Back Up Wireless Bet .)
Elsewhere in Dish-world, the company is preparing a national satellite broadband service using a satellite from corporate cousin, EchoStar Corp. LLC (Nasdaq: SATS), says Bloomberg. The bird in question, EchoStar 17, was launched on July 5 and can support downstream speeds of 15 Mbit/s and about 2 million new Internet customers, Bloomberg added. Dish has already hooked up with ViaSat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) to offer satellite broadband service with speeds of 12 Mbit/s down by 3 Mbit/s up, though there are some significant coverage gaps in the Midwestern U.S. (See Dish, ViaSat Team on Satellite Broadband and ViaSat to Phase Out WildBlue .)