As part of Dish Network’s commitment to contribute however it can as the nation comes together to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the company recently announced that it has offered all of its 600 MHz and 700 MHz spectrum capacity to both T-Mobile and AT&T at no cost for 60 days.
The telecommunication companies plan to use these spectrums to enhance connectivity for users, especially security, healthcare, and government personnel on the front lines of the fight.
The Importance of Sharing Infrastructure
Jeff Blum, Dish vice president for public policy, noted in a statement that the donation of the bandwidth was “especially crucial” for people in quarantine who have no other access to broadband otherwise.
The nation’s IT infrastructure has been tested since the outbreak and, more importantly, the national shutdown of business began. Millions of furloughed workers and students home from shuttered schools, often with little else to occupy them at home, have turned to the internet and television as much-needed sources of diversion in these challenging times.
These unprecedented rates of concurrent usage by so many customers at once has placed stress on every type of telecommunications firm, from streaming services to app developers.
Expanded Coverage for Dish Customers
In addition to lending a helping hand to cell companies, Dish Network is helping make surviving the pandemic a little easier for customers in southwest Colorado by expanding the reach of Denver network affiliates ABC (KMGH) and FOX (KDVR) to include La Plata County. This includes the cities of Silverton and Durango.
In a statement, Jeff Blum issued kind words of appreciation to Colorado leaders, including a pair of senators, a US representative, and the state’s attorney general, for their lobbying efforts on behalf of their constituents to demand better access to information regarding the coronavirus outbreak. Building connections within the community by improving access to government communications is especially important for senior citizens, many of whom do not have internet access.
Dish Network agreed with the concerns of the officials and, as a result of talks, announced the expansion of those two Denver affiliates to serve the southwest Colorado region.
While the other two Denver affiliates from the major networks remain inaccessible to members of the rural region, viewers in La Plata County to have access to the Albuquerque, NM affiliates. Work is ongoing to deliver all of the Denver affiliates statewide.
Moving Forward in the Fight
As a company, Dish Network remains committed to helping in the fight as the country comes together to battle this grave threat. In these challenging times, we know that now, more than ever, millions of customers rely on their favorite programs as a temporary escape.
If you find yourself at home because of the pandemic, check out the hundreds of channels that we offer to fit every interest, from sports to home care to films. When you choose our Top 290 package, you can discover great programming that you didn’t even know existed. You will never get this kind of selection with cable.