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Report: Google, Dish in Talks to Create 4th US Wireless Service

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 July 2019 07:05 PM

Google and Dish are reportedly in discussions regarding a plan to create a fourth wireless carrier in the U.S., according to sources who spoke with the New York Post.

The news comes as T-Mobile and Sprint continue to pursue a deal to combine in an effort to compete with AT&T and Verizon Communications.

Google denied the Post report, telling the news outlet the claims were "simply false."

"Google is not having any conversations with Dish about creating a wireless network," a Google spokesman said, declining to comment on whether [current Alphabet director Alan] Mulally was speaking to Dish.

Alphabet owns Google.

According to insiders who spoke with the Post, Dish and Google could create a new, fully independent wireless network in about three years. Google runs its own MVNO cellular service Google Fi, but leases wireless spectrum from Sprint, US Cellular and T-Mobile to do so. Partnering up with Dish could free the company from its bind.

The talks are fluid and could fall apart at any time, according to the Post.

Cowen analyst Gregory Williams says Dish has put itself in a win-win situation.

"That is, either Dish demands and receives a sweetheart deal . . . or it walks away," he said in a report Tuesday morning. "If the deal were to break, both T-Mobile and Verizon could end up paying up for spectrum, turning to the Dish portfolio. For a Dish investor, deal breakage seems like the better, easier scenario with far fewer risks."

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