back to article FCC: No, Dish, you're not a 'small business' so forget the $3bn price cut

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued an order preventing satellite TV giant Dish from purchasing broadcast spectrum rights under the guise of a small business. The FCC ruled that the company cannot operate two small subsidiaries and receive discounts reserved for small businesses, while bidding for …

  1. Mark 85 Silver badge

    Well, it is Dish...

    Given the nature of the owner/top dog and their past business practices, is anyone surprised? OTOH, I'm too jaded by corporate practices to be offended or upset. <sigh>

  2. Mage Silver badge

    Exposes stupidity

    This ultimately shows how inept spectrum management is getting.

  3. Tomato42 Silver badge
    Unhappy

    Fine mayhaps?

    Can't they fine them for such behaviour?

    I mean seriously, even corporate greed should have some limits

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Fine mayhaps?

      Wait until AT&T owns them. Incidentally, do you think they'll bid against AT&T?

      1. John Gamble

        Re: Fine mayhaps?

        I think AT&T merging with Dish would be a bit too much for regulators, given that AT&T is acquiring DirectTV...

  4. Turtle

    I wonder...

    "The last such auction brought $45bn in total for the government."

    I wonder what they spent it on.

    1. paulf Silver badge

      Re: I wonder...

      It probably covered 6 months of interest payments on the $10tn debt?

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