DISH asks FCC for more time to file Sprint objection

24 Dec 2012

Satellite TV giant DISH Network has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow it more time to file an objection to Sprint Nextel’s proposed sale of a controlling stake to Japan’s SoftBank Corp. According to Reuters, the DISH complaint relates to Sprint’s subsequently announced plan to buy out wireless broadband specialist Clearwire. DISH, which recently gained regulatory approval to build its own wireless service, told the FCC, in a document dated 20 December, that it wants a three-week extension to the watchdog’s 4 January 2013 deadline for petitions against the SoftBank deal, which was announced in October. The request may indicate that DISH, which is controlled by its founder Charlie Ergen, is gearing up for a fight with Sprint over its plan to sell a 70% stake to the Japanese company for around USD20 billion.

United States, DISH Network, SoftBank Group Corp, Sprint Corporation (now part of T-Mobile US)