Dish Network Corp. (DISH) Chairman Charlie Ergen said he would consider “all alternatives” if U.S. regulators deny or delay his company’s attempt at using wireless spectrum for a high-speed network.
Ergen met yesterday with Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and other officials, according to a filing by Dish posted today on the FCC’s website.
Ergen said that using the spectrum purchased from DBSD and TerreStar to offer high-speed wireless Internet service is crucial to his company’s future. He said in a conference call today that Dish had “an 80 percent chance or better” of being successful in the wireless industry as long as the FCC allows the spectrum to be used. Ergen wouldn’t rule out selling the spectrum or the entire company if the FCC ruled against Dish.
The company expects an answer from the FCC by March 12, said Ergen.