Dish Makes Competitive Bid for Clearwire
Dish Network today complicated Sprint's plans to buy out Clearwire by making a bid of its own. Specifically, Dish made a bid of $3.30 per share, which is 10% more than the $2.97 per share offered by Sprint. Dish said it looks forward to working with Clearwire to make the transaction work. Sprint issued a response, saying, "Sprint believes its agreement to acquire Clearwire, which offers Clearwire shareholders certain and attractive value, is superior to the highly conditional Dish proposal. The Dish proposal would require Sprint to voluntarily waive rights that it holds as a stockholder of Clearwire and that it possesses through various vendor and customer contracts that significantly predate Sprint’s proposed acquisition of the remainder of Clearwire. Sprint does not intend to waive any of its rights and looks forward to closing the transaction with Clearwire and helping consumers across the country realize the benefits of this combination." SoftBank, which is in the process of acquiring a 70% stake in Sprint, forbade Sprint from paying more than $2.97 per share for Clearwire — a price that some Clearwire investors feel is too low. Sprint owns more than 50% of Clearwire.
Sprint's WiMax Shutdown May Halt Service for Charities
Sprint plans to deactivate its WiMax network on Nov. 6, but some charities say the change will eliminate internet service for some 300,000 Americans altogether.
Dish Says It Will Bid On 600MHz Spectrum
Dish Networks has told the FCC it intends to "meaningfully participate" in the reverse auction for 600MHz airwaves scheduled for next year. "The incentive auction offers opportunities for competitive providers and new entrants to bid on and win much-needed lowband spectrum, which will facilitate the deployment of mobile broadband services," said Dish Senior Vice President Jeffrey Blum in the filing with the agency.
Verizon Not Interested In Buying Dish
Verizon does not plan to purchase Dish Networks, according to CFO Fran Shammo. When asked by the Wall Street Journal, Shammo responded, "My answer is going to be one word: No." AT&T is near to closing its acquisition of Dish competitor DirecTV.
Dish May Bid In 600MHz Auction Next Year
Dish Network is evaluating whether or not to participate in the FCC's 600MHz incentive auction next year, according to an executive. The company might bid on airwave licenses even though it was recently denied a $3.3 billion discount on licenses it won in this year's AWS-3 auction.
This got a lot more complicated
It's a match made in heaven....
Run off with Dish and live in a double-wide, or go with Sprint and actually make something of your life. Hard call.
Knowing Clear, they're going to go to Dish - mostly because Clear is managed by a bunch of IDIOTS. Clear is NOTHING but a burden to Sprint, and this has been going on for years.
The least those cash funnel morons could do is give their spectrum to Sprint and allow their decision making abilities to be relieved. Sprint is doing them a favor by allowing them to step down and stop making fools of themselves.