Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Tuesday February 03, 2015

Dish Used "Small Business" Discount To Save $3B At Taxpayer Expense

Something tells me that, if anything is done about this, it sure as hell won't be a $3 billion fine. frown

"[T]wo companies in which Dish Network has an 85 percent ownership stake claimed over $3 billion in taxpayer-funded discounts when purchasing spectrum in the AWS-3 auction," Pai said in his call for an investigation today. "Those discounts came through the FCC’s designed entity (DE) program, which is intended to make it easier for small businesses to purchase spectrum and compete with large corporations. Dish, however, has annual revenues of almost $14 billion, a market capitalization of over $32 billion, and over 14 million customers. Its participation makes a mockery of the DE program."