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Dish to FCC: Defer SoftBank Deal Until Sprint Board Considers Offer

by Todd Haselton | April 19, 2013April 19, 2013 11:00 am PST


SoftBank wants to buy a 70 percent stake in Sprint for $20 billion. Likewise, Dish recently proposed a $25.5 billion merger deal with Sprint. Dish thinks it’s making the better offer, and wants the Federal Communications Commission to defer its investigation into a possible SoftBank acquisition of Sprint until the carrier’s board can fully soak it in.

“Because Dish’s merger proposal is currently before the Sprint board of directors, the question of which transaction the commission ultimately should be deciding is unsettled,” the company said in a note to the Federal Communications Commission obtained by Bloomberg. “It is far from clear that the pending Sprint-Softbank proposal will move forward.” The FCC is currently on track to finish investigating the SoftBank/Sprint offer next month, although it’s unclear if it will decide to defer the investigation.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...