updated 04:56 am EST, Fri November 16, 2012
Dish in talks with number of non-industry parties
Google is rumored to be in talks with Dish Network over creating a new wireless carrier, competing against Verizon and AT&T. Though it is not clear if a Google-supported mobile phone network will come to fruition, the software giant's move to wireless mirrors early discussions it had over its gigabit fiber project in Kansas City, and could potentially end up disrupting the mobile carrier industry.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the talks are not advanced enough to suggest such a project will come to fruition, however Dish chairman Charlie Ergen did confirm the company is in talks with companies "who would like to be in the industry" suggesting it may end up creating a wireless carrier, if not through Google. Dish is already planning to roll out its own LTE-Advanced network, though it still has a number of hurdles to overcome before it goes live.
This is not Google's first push into the world of wireless communications. It received a patent for wireless network access auctions, a way to charge customers based on network traffic and user-selectable priority, earlier this year. The company has also expressed an interest in controlling white spaces in the UK, and also made a failed bid during the FCC's 700MHz auction in 2007.