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  • Clearwire's board backs Dish offer, dealing blow to Sprint

    Clearwire's board of directors has unanimously recommended its shareholders reject the takeover bid by Sprint Nextel, which owns roughly half of Clearwire, and instead accept a buyout offer from Dish Network.

    Written by Stephen Lawson13 June 13 00:22
  • On site at a Sprint cell: Gear shrinks while coverage grows

    On the roof of a medical building in San Francisco, Sprint Nextel has a cell site that's far above the cramped canyons of the city's streets, but despite the wide-open views, space is limited.

    Written by Stephen Lawson12 June 13 23:02
  • SoftBank hikes bid for Sprint to $21.6 billion

    SoftBank has sweetened its bid for Sprint Nextel, increasing its total offer to about US$21.6 billion and boosting the amount of cash Sprint shareholders would get.

    Written by Stephen Lawson11 June 13 02:26
  • DOJ clears Softbank's acquisition of Sprint Nextel

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Friday it has no objection to Softbank acquiring Sprint Nextel, a decision that clears the way for the Federal Communications Commission to rule on the deal.

    Written by Stephen Lawson08 June 13 10:39
  • Privacy groups, some lawmakers rip into NSA surveillance

    Privacy groups and some lawmakers are in an uproar after news reports this week that the U.S. National Security Agency is conducting broad surveillance of the nation's residents.

    Written by Grant Gross07 June 13 14:54
  • Advocates: FCC should limit big carriers in spectrum auctions

    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should cap the participation of carriers AT&T and Verizon Wireless in upcoming spectrum auctions to ensure mobile competition going forward, representatives of consumer groups and smaller carriers said.

    Written by Grant Gross30 May 13 20:02
  • Dish leapfrogs Sprint with aggressive new bid for Clearwire

    Dish Network has boosted its bid for Clearwire to US$4.40 per share, 29 percent above Sprint Nextel's most recent offer, and said it is prepared to buy up the stock of a minority of shareholders.

    Written by Stephen Lawson30 May 13 01:15
  • Sprint, SoftBank gets U.S. security panel approval for merger

    Government panel the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has given its approval for Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank to acquire a majority stake in Sprint Nextel in a US$20 billion deal.

    Written by Grant Gross29 May 13 14:13
  • SoftBank gets state approval for Sprint acquisition

    SoftBank has received all the necessary state approvals for the Japanese mobile carrier to acquire a majority stake in Sprint Nextel for US$20 billion, the companies announced.

    Written by Grant Gross23 May 13 20:33
  • SoftBank said to be in talks with US to allay national security fears

    The U.S. government is in negotiations with SoftBank for greater control over equipment purchases by Sprint Nextel and the selection of one of the Japanese company's nominee to the U.S. carrier's board, according to a news report.

    Written by John Ribeiro23 May 13 06:55
  • U.S. carriers line up against texting while driving

    The major U.S. mobile operators are all putting their weight behind a campaign against texting while driving that will include a blitz of advertising and a driving simulator touring the country this summer.

    Written by Stephen Lawson14 May 13 21:31
  • Clearwire lays out its case for a Sprint buyout

    Sprint Nextel's network partner Clearwire hasn't been able to find any other big wholesale customers nor sell any of its spectrum, so selling out to Sprint is the only real option for its shareholders, the company said Monday.

    Written by Stephen Lawson06 May 13 21:47
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