So Dish had until March 2017 to reliably build out AWS-4 to 40% of the population, but none of the information I'm finding suggests they've even begun. https://www.forbes.com/sites/greatsp...trum-holdings/
It's April now. What is the FCC going to do with Dish's AWS-4 holdings?
As noted in other threads, Verizon is facing a huge spectrum crunch that it is only delaying with its frenzied pace of densification, but the strain is showing in more and more markets. Verizon has lost exclusive first-place status in many 1H 2017 RootMetrics market reports, with their speeds continuing to decrease. Along with Verizon's launch of their new unlimited plan, and the replacement of the anti-Dish, anti-unlimited data Shammo with Ellis as CFO, the time has never been more ripe for an attempt to take either Dish's spectrum, or Dish itself.
Wikipedia is also listing Band 23 as AWS-4.
I've been saying for over a year Verizon needs to strike a deal with dish or they will fall from the number One spot. 116 MHz of spectrum nationwide on average isn't enough to sustain 145 million customers. They have the least amount of capacity per subscriber. Density helps but it will only delay the crunch for a year or two. At&t now had 10x10 band 14 and 10x10 of nearly nationwide 66 that's not even deployed yet. They are sitting pretty in the capacity department.