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By James He     Nov 16, 2012 in Technology
Google is once again tapping into another market. This time there won't be a conflict of interest with Apple, especially since Apple is not in the wireless telecommunications business.
Google held talks with Dish TV Provider in recent weeks to collaborate on a wireless broadband provider to rival the major players - AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
Dish has repeatedly said it wants a partner to build "a wireless network with the wireless spectrum—the airwaves that can be used to provide mobile phone and Internet services—it has acquired since 2008", Wall Street Journal.
According to WSJ:
"In an interview Thursday, Dish Chairman Charlie Ergen declined to comment on Google specifically, but said some of the potential partners he has considered include companies "who would like to be in the industry" and currently don't have a wireless business.
He added that it would be easier for Dish to partner with a company that already has wireless towers and related infrastructure for transmitting data, among other expertise in the business."
TheVerge states that the talk is still in the preliminary stages and have not been finalized. However, chances are Google will wish to settle an agreement especially beneficial to promoting their Google Fiber, a gigabit fiber internet service that just launched in Kansas City.
Furthermore, TheVerge explains the rival competition existence and why the Nexus 4 does not have LTE:
"In the FCC's wireless auction that closed in 2008, Google was able to initiate a set of open platform provisions regarding how the 700 MHz spectrum could be used. As a result, the FCC enacted a rule that required carriers to allow any device on their 700 MHz LTE networks. But, Verizon and AT&T have been able to skirt past this rule by producing devices that are technically incompatible with each other's networks."
If Google establishes a network of its own, they will not need to be reliant on the other carriers especially when it comes to designing and making their own line of products.
Google currently sells devices without any contracts. All devices are unlocked, but this may change accordingly to compensate for Google's own network.
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