Dish takes its T Mobile complaints to the FCC with Boost customers caught in the middle
Dish takes its T Mobile complaints to the FCC with Boost customers caught in the middle


The relationship between T-Mobile and Dish has been … complicated since the latter company was essentially sealed the sprint takeover contract of the “Un-Carrier” by entering the US wireless industry and Maintaining healthy competition among the country’s major cellular network operators.

Boost subscribers are in danger of being “disenfranchised”

If you’re having trouble understanding this metaphorical term used on an April 1st by Jeffrey Blum, Executive Vice President, External and Legislative Affairs, Dish Network Corporation (no kidding) In a letter addressed to FCC secretary Marlene Dortch, we can make things clear.

If you’re a Boost Mobile customer, especially if you have an older device, you run the risk of losing access to all cellular services on January 1, 2022. That is only nine months away. Forced Migration “on such a scale.

Basically, T-Mo is accused of having accelerated Sprint’s CDMA network shutdown project has no obvious reason other than to harm the competition (and millions of innocent people, many of whom are currently facing major “economic challenges”). While Dish apparently knew this moment was coming, according to Blum, Magenta repeatedly referred to an entirely different shutdown schedule in various official statements and public filings over the past few years.

T-Mobile claims it isn’t doing anything wrong

In response to Dish’s very public and apparently angry complaint to the Federal Communications Commission, which no doubt followed private conversations with T-Mobile, the “Un-Carrier” is succinct and concise resolutely reject all allegations of misconduct.

While T-Mo elegantly dodges the matter of all of these statements, which rely on a kind of three-year grace period, he points out a “required 6-month contractual agreement”, which was supported by a warning Dish as early as October 2020 Dish, the sprint network termination target for January 2022 was far exceeded.

In Magenta’s view, any action taken to pursue the deal with Dish “a year and a half ago” was “very proactive and transparent”. In other words, T-Mobile completely blames itself The newest in the US wireless landscape for what will happen to millions of Boost customers.

At the same time, the company insists that it thinks of its own customers, as well as the promises to the government made in 2019, as it drives a transition that it calls “essential to creating the ultra-high capacity 5G network”. are already taking shape in the first place Mid-range spectrum acquired from Sprint. Whoever may be right here, it sure sounds like the FCC needs to step in and do something to avoid Dish’s bleak image of early 2022.
Probably the easiest way out of this pickle is for T-Mobile to follow suit Verizon’s example and delaying the phasing out of archaic 2G / 3G technologies until all but a tiny fraction of the Boost user base migrated to a more modern cellular standard. Of course, if Dish is even partially responsible for the impending plight of so many of its customers, the FCC may also have to intervene with some kind of punitive measure, especially if Charlie Ergen continues to raise his feet the company’s 5G rollout.

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