Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S), DISH Network (NASDAQ:DISH), and Verizon (NYSE:VZ) have each been making a play for Clearwire (UNKNOWN:UNKNOWN) -- if not for the whole company, at least for some of its spectrum. This is a far cry from 2011 when it could barely get the time of day from its network partner and majority owner Sprint.

Not only that, but even some of its minority shareholders are all falling over themselves trying to lend the company money.

Why the change in attitude toward Clearwire? In the video below, Fool contributor Dan Radovsky explains it all.