September 21, 2006
Sprint Nextel to Seek Stay, Appeal Judge's Order in iPCS Case
The company continues business as usual for iDEN (Nextel) network in iPCS Wireless markets in five Midwestern states
Jennifer Walsh, 913-794-2950
RESTON, Va. — 09/21/2006
In response to the order issued on Sept. 20 by Judge Quinn in the iPCS case in Cook County, Illinois, Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) fully expects to be operating the iDEN (Nextel) network nationwide, including the iPCS territories, for the foreseeable future. iPCS territories include areas in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska and a small part of Indiana.
Sprint Nextel will immediately seek a stay of judgment and then will appeal the court's decision. The court ruled on Aug. 14, 2006, in this case that Sprint's merger with Nextel violated Sprint's agreement with the iPCS, Inc. affiliate called iPCS Wireless. At that time Sprint Nextel announced that it will be vigorously appealing this decision by the Illinois court and the iDEN network will continue operating as usual. The decision in the iPCS case is directly contrary to a decision in a Delaware court related to iPCS Wireless' sister companies, Horizon and Bright. In the Delaware case, which was decided Aug. 4, 2006, Horizon and Bright conceded that operation of the iDEN network in their territories did not violate the parties' agreements.
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