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The third-largest U.S. mobile carrier made a regulatory filing dated today indicating that it intends to buy enough shares from Eagle River Holdings to give it a 50.4% voting interest in the perennially struggling Clearwire. Sprint currently owns 48% of Clearwire's voting shares.
The impetus to seek control of Clearwire seems to be the agreement by Japanese mobile operator Softbank to buy 70% of Sprint for $20 billion. According to The Wall Street Journal, people familiar with the matter have said the deal came with a caveat from Softbank's financiers that Sprint would have control of Clearwire and its cache of wireless spectrum licenses.