The Wall Street Journal: Dish leads bidding to scoop up assets from Sprint, T-Mobile

Dish Network Corp. is leading the race to scoop up assets that the Justice Department says Sprint Corp. S, +2.94% and T-Mobile US Inc. TMUS, +0.60% must divest of to save their $26 billion merger, according to people familiar with the matter.

Dish Executive Chairman Charlie Ergen has been trying to persuade antitrust enforcers the wireless merger is bad for competition. Now he is arguing the best way to remedy that is to force the wireless operators to cast off more of the business to Dish DISH, -0.92% .

His satellite-TV operator is in talks to buy prepaid subscribers and wireless spectrum licenses from the merger partners, the people said.

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