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It has been pretty interesting to watch the back-and-forth negotiating between Clearwire and Sprint Nextel, much of which has taken place in the press.

The two companies have been engaged in an ongoing dispute over how much Sprint Nextel pays to utilize Clearwire’s 4G WiMax network. Sprint also has been weighing options related to long-term evolution or LTE, a competitive offering to WiMax. But it looks like a detente may be in the works.

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, speaking at the Deutsche Bank Media and Telecom Conference, said the company plans to continue working with Clearwire going forward.

“Every option that we’re looking at, every one includes WiMAX and Clearwire,” Hesse said, according to a report in Fierce Wireless.

There’s also been speculation that Sprint may merge with Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA, but Hesse declined to comment about that possibility, according to Bloomberg News.

Sprint continues to own 54 percent of Clearwire, the Kirkland broadband wireless company which has encountered a cash crunch in recent months.

John Cook is co-founder of GeekWire, a technology news site in Seattle. Follow on Twitter @geekwirenews.



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