If Dish amd GMH can get a favorable decision from the Justice Dept. approving the Merger,then they will have a case to take back to the FCC. They hope to get Justice Dept. approval by offering concessions.
I think DISH/DTV, DOJ & FCC should all sit down around a kitchen table eating baloney & mayo sandwiches and see what they can do to emerge with a favorable result for all parties concerned.
Now what I would do is this:
1.) Add up all the assets ie satellites, orbital slots, transponders ... and split them down the middle ... selling half of everything to a third bidder ie Cablevisions Dolan or SES Americom or the folks at SkyAngel.
2.) Add up all the assets as I mentioned before and divide everything by orbital slots ... so that DISH/DTV gets all the transponders on one or two slots and a third party to be named gets all the transponders on the third and fourth slot.