Could this be why Dish dropped out of CLWR bidding...
With Sprint out of the picture, the coast is clear for Dish (DISH -0.5%) to win the auction, which is now set for Jan. 22 and has a reserve price of $1.56B. The H Block spectrum is adjacent to the (currently unused) frequencies already owned by Dish.
Maybe they did, but Dish did not win anything but more headache. They have to pay Sprint for that spectrum, plus that spectrum has harsher build out requirements than the rest of PCS, which adds to their current problem of building on their spectrum.
Also CLWR was worth much more than this. This is only 10Mhz, while Clearwire had over 120Mhz in the top 90 Markets and 60+Mhz in the rest. I think Dish tried to force Sprint to pay more for this spectrum and sprint just decided to go home instead of play the game.