Bloomberg: Dish is close to a $6 billion deal with Sprint and T-Mobile

Richard Lawler
Senior News Editor
Bloomberg: Dish is close to a $6 billion deal with Sprint and T-Mobile

Over the last couple of weeks, we've heard that getting DoJ approval for T-Mobile's proposed $26 billion purchase of Sprint will require making moves to create a new national wireless carrier as a competitor. That could be achieved by selling off Boost Mobile and enough spectrum to make a service viable, however they needed to find a buyer. Now Bloomberg reports that Dish Network is in talks and could announce this week that it will be the company to do it, rather than possibles like Altice and Charter ( Amazon wasn't mentioned). The price? Apparently about $6 billion. The pair promised the FCC they would sell Boost Mobile , and if talks don't fall through, then their hope is that this would help get approval and overcome a lawsuit filed by several state AGs . For its part, Dish has long harbored wireless ambitions , and acted to make them come true. It was even proposed as a buyer for divested T-Mobile assets during merger talks with AT&T back in 2011. We'll see if it happens this time or if things fall apart on the 1-yard line all over again.