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Originally published May 22, 2013 at 7:26 AM | Page modified May 22, 2013 at 12:10 PM

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Clearwire board approves higher Sprint offer

Clearwire wants to accept a richer buyout offer made by Sprint this week and is recommending that shareholders vote in favor of it.

The Associated Press

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BELLEVUE, Wash. —

Clearwire wants to accept a richer buyout offer made by Sprint this week and is recommending that shareholders vote in favor of it.

Sprint upped its bid by 14 percent to $2.5 billion Tuesday for the wireless data network operator.

Some shareholders have opposed the deal, including Crest Financial, which spurned the latest bid as well.

Sprint Nextel Corp. is offering $3.40 per share for the half of Clearwire Corp. that it does not already own. Its previous offer, from December, was for $2.97 per share.

Clearwire said Wednesday that shareholders will be able to vote on May 31. Only shareholders of record as of April 2 are eligible.

Sprint, based in Overland Park, Kansas, is Clearwire's only major wholesale customer, and uses its network to provide "Sprint 4G" service.

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