Majority of FCC backs SoftBank purchase of Sprint

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Justin Cole, an FCC spokesman, declined to comment.

The order would also approve Sprint's acquisition of wireless network operator Clearwire, which owns the rights to valuable swathes of wireless frequencies.

The FCC approval is the final obstacle to the pair of telecom deals. 

SoftBank's acquisition of Sprint could pump more money into the company and help it take on industry leaders AT&T and Verizon.

Dish Network had pushed its own competing proposals for both Sprint and Clearwire, but recently abandoned its bid.

Dish had warned that allowing SoftBank, a Japanese company, to own such large U.S. telecommunications networks would pose a threat to national security. Sens. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerConvention shows Democrats support fracking, activists on the fringe Dem ad blasts Indiana senate candidate on Social Security The Trail 2016: Unity at last MORE (D-N.Y.) and John McCainJohn McCainTrump’s minimum wage two-step confuses business groups, advisers Dems fear Trump arguments on terrorism FULL SPEECH: Tim Kaine accepts Democratic VP nomination MORE (R-Ariz.) also expressed concern about the SoftBank deal.

After SoftBank agreed to a series of concessions, an interagency panel cleared the deal of national security concerns in May.