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What: Shares of Clearwire
So what: Big Red is putting up some of its wireless spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency band as it hopes to gain regulatory approval to buy a different slice of spectrum from cable operators. Adding to the availability of wireless spectrum could reduce the value of other holders of spectrum like Clearwire and DISH Network
Now what: Both Clearwire and DISH are feeling selling pressure on the news, as their respective spectrum holdings comprise a sizable chunk of their value. At the end of last year, Clearwire valued its spectrum holdings at almost $4.3 billion -- nearly 49% of its total assets on the books. The company already has more than $4 billion in long-term debt. It's a real danger if the company's largest asset should take a hit.
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