Following in the footsteps of LightSquared LLC, DISH Network asked the FCC on Monday to waive its integrated service rules to permit the establishment of a hybrid satellite-terrestrial broadband network that would operate on 40 MHz of spectrum recently acquired by DISH from TerreStar and DBSD North America. Last January, the FCC waived its integrated service rules—which require the operation of ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) spectrum as part of an integrated mobile satellite service (MSS) offering—to enable LightSquared to offer wholesale ATC capacity to wireless carriers that would use LightSquared’s ATC channels to provide stand-alone wireless broadband services to their customers. Although a working group study mandated by the FCC has since shown that LightSquared’s operations in the L-band, as originally proposed, could potentially interfere with adjacent global positioning system (GPS) devices, the FCC reasoned at the time that a waiver of its integrated service rules would serve the public interest by promoting more efficient and flexible use of spectrum that could be used for rural broadband services. In contrast to LightSquared, DISH told the FCC that its plan is to offer single mode, terrestrial wireless broadband services directly to retail customers who do not need or desire MSS capacity, while providing dual-mode devices that combine MSS and ATC capacity to its remaining customers. While emphasizing that its proposed use of 2 GHz MSS S-band spectrum, unlike that of the LightSquared MSS L-band network, “will not raise the technical issues that have hampered the use of the MSS L-band,” DISH asserted that its proposed hybrid network is intended to boost wireless broadband availability and competition in rural areas. Adding that the requested rule waiver will permit DISH to accumulate the “critical mass” of MSS/ATC subscribers needed to create a viable mobile broadband offering, DISH further stressed that “allowing TerreStar and DISH to provide single-mode terrestrial terminals to customers who have no need for satellite functions will achieve significant public interest benefits . . . by better serving the important, underlying policy.”