Court: iPCS can’t stop Sprint-Clearwire merger

Tue, 11/18/2008 - 7:25am
Evan Koblentz, Wireless Week

iPCS cannot restrain Sprint Nextel from merging with Clearwire, an Illinois circuit court has decided.

iPCS – operating in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee – argued that Sprint could not legally merge with Clearwire until a separate dispute about the earlier Sprint-Nextel merger is resolved.

In that dispute, Sprint is accused of illegally selling service in iPCS territory. iPCS is also concerned that Sprint-Clearwire will sell service in the same areas.

Clearwire must give iPCS 60 days notice before launching service in the Sprint affiliate’s service area, the Kansas City Star reported. A ruling on liability issues is due Friday, the newspaper said.

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