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Google and Dish to launch own wireless network?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 16 Nov 2012 15:44 User comments (7)

Google and Dish to launch own wireless network? According to the WSJ, Google has been in talks with Dish Network to potentially begin offering a new wireless service that would rival major carriers like AT&T and Verizon.
For now, the talks are preliminary and could lead nowhere, say the sources.

Dish has supposedly spoken with multiple companies in recent times, with all discussions remaining in the exploratory stage.

The satellite TV company has been acquiring spectrum since 2008 and it appears they finally want to use it. The wireless network would include cellular service and mobile broadband.

Google would make a great partner, as they also have plans for connecting customers to the Internet, laying fiber networks in Kansas City as a pilot. The fiber network is faster than all existing cable and fiber networks offered by cable companies, and also has no restrictions on bandwidth. Additionally, Google has $45 billion in cash, which could certainly help in acquiring spectrum or building infrastructure.

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7 user comments

116.11.2012 16:06

Hm. I wouldn't mind if the prices are competitive. I don't feel like paying $90/month for cell phone voice and data.

217.11.2012 4:44

Why is taking them so long?



317.11.2012 9:05
drumutator
Unverified new user

Originally posted by i1der:
Why is taking them so long?
The FCC, Verizon's spectrum partnership with comcast/twc/cox, and Sprint trying to obtain some of Dish's spectrum might have something to do with it.

The chairman of Dish said the government picks winners and losers all the time, maybe he's right or maybe he didn't "donate" enough to the right politician, lobbyist, or regulator.

419.11.2012 4:34
ashraf adil
Unverified new user

519.11.2012 11:47

make it happen

619.11.2012 11:49

Dish doesn't have The Walking Dead... 'No sale' here.


728.11.2012 22:23

Originally posted by LordRuss:
Dish doesn't have The Walking Dead... 'No sale' here.
You're a bit behind the times.

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