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In Clearwire Gambit, Spectrum Is the Prize

Published on January 10, 2013
by Anton Troianovski, Shalini Ramachandran and Anupreeta Das

Charlie Ergen, chairman of Dish Network Corp., is in a familiar position: He can win even by losing.

Mr. Ergen’s attempt to snatch wireless provider Clearwire Corp. out of the hands of its current merger partner, Sprint Nextel Corp., is just his latest move in a long chess match. The endgame: to get access to the spectrum and network assets needed to deliver wireless service and even video over the air.

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