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November 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Satellite TV provider DISH Network is in talks with Google about a possible partnership in a ground-based cellular service that would deliver the Internet and mobile phone service wirelessly, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Friday), citing people familiar with the discussions. Google declined comment as did DISH Chairman Charlie Ergen, except to acknowledge that he is considering a partnership with companies “who would like to be in the industry” but do not have a wireless business. The Journal noted that Google just this week began installing fiber-optic cable to homes in a test market in Kansas City, KS. In competing with cable-TV providers, DISH and fellow satellite provide DirecTV have been handicapped by their inability to provide a service that bundles TV, Internet and phone service, as the cablers do.