Dish Network talking with Google as potential partner for new wireless service

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Google and Dish Network may work together to launch a wireless service that would rival AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Dish Chairman Charlie Egren wouldn’t comment on the WSJ report, but he did confirm that Dish is talking to other companies that would like to break into the wireless service industry.

Dish, which owns a chunk of spectrum, is looking for a partner that could provide a backbone for future wireless service network. The satellite provider is waiting for FCC approval to use its spectrum. If it receives approval, Dish could build out a wireless network to compete with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and others. Besides Google, Dish could also partner with an established service provider like AT&T, but such a deal would be subject to close regulatory scrutiny.

[Via WSJ and Ars Technica]

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