The Federal Communications Commission tonight approved a proposal to allow Dish Network to convert satellite spectrum it owns for wireless use. Dish has long sought to change the spectrum from satellite use to mobile broadband in its efforts to offer mobile TV, voice and data connections. Dish senior vice president and deputy general counsel Jeff Blum released the following statement in response to the FCC’s decision.

“The FCC has removed outdated regulations and granted terrestrial flexibility for most of the AWS-4 band. We appreciate the hard work and focus of the FCC and its staff throughout this process. The Commission has taken an important step toward facilitating wireless competition and innovation, and fulfilling the goals of the National Broadband Plan. Following a more thorough review of the order and its technical details, DISH will consider its strategic options and the optimal approach to put this spectrum to use for the benefit of consumers.”