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Dish Network EVP Picked for Competitive Carriers Assoc. Board

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 10:57am
Ben Munson

The Competitive Carriers Association (CSA) today announced Tom Cullen, executive vice president of corporate development for Dish Network, has been appointed to its board of directors.

“I look forward to working with the CCA Board in advancing wireless competition in the U.S.,” Cullen said in a press release. “As Dish plans to introduce innovative and converged video services via our spectrum holdings, we expect to provide consumers with increasingly competitive choices.”

In addition to its satellite television service, Dish has been looking toward the mobile broadband sector. The company holds licenses for 40 MHz in the AWS-4 band. Last year, the FCC gave its approval to Dish to deploy a terrestrial wireless broadband network on that spectrum.

Dish’s plans for deployment in its 2000-2020 MHz frequency was met by protest from Sprint, which argued the FCC bump those holdings up 5 MHz to avoid interference with the H Block. The FCC has plans to auction off the H Block spectrum and Sprint has expressed interest.

Cullen joins the large CCA board of directors, which already includes representatives from Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, MetroPCS, C Spire, Clearwire and several other representatives from a number of companies involved in the wireless industry.

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