DISH RESPONDS TO ACCOUNTS OF PROPOSED FCC ORDER ON WIRELESS

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DISH RESPONDS TO ACCOUNTS OF PROPOSED FCC ORDER ON WIRELESS 
·Calls draft “significantly flawed”; could add years of delay to network build 
out 
·FCC plan would take a quarter of DISH uplink spectrum to favor incumbent 
Sprint; no net spectrum gain, hurts competition and jobs 
·Urges FCC to adopt power and emissions levels as it originally proposed 
·With appropriate rules, DISH ready to invest billions, trigger tens of 
thousands of jobs 
ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Nov. 20, 2012 – DISH is responding to news today that the 
Federal Communications Commission (“FCC” or “Commission”) has circulated a 
proposed order related to rules that would, once approved by the full 
Commission, govern 40 MHz of broadband-ready AWS-4 wireless spectrum controlled 
by DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH). 
“While the FCC’s proposed order, based on reported accounts, does properly 
address some of the opportunities with this spectrum, it’s significantly flawed 
by introducing serious limitations that impair its utility,” said R. Stanton 
Dodge, DISH executive vice president and general counsel. “While the FCC would 
grant full terrestrial rights, its proposal to lower our power and emissions 
levels could cripple our ability to enter the business. 
“The good news is that this proposed order is not final and we urge Chairman 
Genachowski and the Commissioners to recognize that the DISH plan delivers on 
the greatest public interest – the most investment, the most jobs and the most 
spectrum,” said Dodge. “We stand ready to work with the full Commission on 
final rules that put the full AWS-4 spectrum to work for America and that 
advance the future potential of the H Block.” 
DISH has declared its intent to launch a wireless business assuming the FCC 
delivers rules making it economically and technically feasible to do so. The 
company expects to invest billions and trigger tens of thousands of jobs to 
create a wireless broadband network that would power a variety of mobile and 
fixed devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers. 
NO NET SPECTRUM GAIN FOR CONSUMERS 
In the draft order, the FCC appears to back a proposal, advanced solely by 
Sprint, calling on DISH to disable 25 percent of its uplink spectrum and impair 
another 25 percent of that spectrum to accommodate possible future use of 
neighboring H Block spectrum by Sprint. 
The FCC does not currently license H Block spectrum, and that spectrum is 
unused today. Sprint, which controls more than 200 MHz of wireless spectrum, 
has expressed interest in acquiring rights to the 5 MHz H Block. 
“Sprint’s position on the H Block would render useless 25 percent of DISH’s 
uplink spectrum -- so that Sprint is positioned to merely gain the exact same 
amount of spectrum,” said Dodge. “This is a zero-sum approach that does not 
result in a net spectrum gain for the American consumer when the wireless 
economy needs access to all available spectrum. Nor does this approach add 
jobs.” 
POSSIBLE DELAYS IN INVESTMENT, JOBS, BUILD OUT 
The Sprint plan embodied in the proposed order would likely force a reopening 
of the standards-setting process led by the Third Generation Partnership 
Project. Without 3GPP approval, wireless companies do not have the required 
technical blueprints needed to design and build everything from cellphone 
chipsets to broadband networks. 
“If the FCC adopts this draft, the 3GPP specification will likely be reopened 
and an FCC rulemakingwill be needed for the H Block,” said Dodge. “Until we 
know how to manage issues like interference from the H Block, we may have to 
put on hold activities like radio design and network build out while we wait 
for the H Block rulemaking and another 3GPP process to be completed.” 
DISH expects new approvals could add years to a process that has already lasted 
20 months since it acquired two bankrupt companies in an effort to bring this 
spectrum to the market. This 40 MHz of spectrum remains on the sidelines. 
FCC PRECEDENT GOOD FOR ALL PARTIES AND CONSUMERS 
“DISH’s position is consistent with more than 20 years of FCC precedent.  The 
AWS-4 rulemaking should be completed with the power and emissions levels that 
were recommended by the FCC in its April Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) 
and supported by mostcommenters (with the notable exception of Sprint), and 
which would not require DISH to effectively surrender 25 percent of its uplink 
capacity. 
“The H Block should be subject to the same auction and rulemaking processes 
that have applied to other spectrum bands for decades,” said Dodge.  “This 
approach will ultimately free up the H Block for its highest-and-best use based 
upon input from all interested parties, and willlead to more investment, more 
jobs, more competition and more spectrum for wireless consumers.” 
About DISH 
DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network 
L.L.C., provides approximately 14.042 million satellite TV customers, as of 
Sept. 30, 2012, with the highest quality programming and technology with the 
most choices at thebest value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy 
the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels, 
the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH 
Network Corporation's subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family 
entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network 
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