Google and Dish ponder new wireless service
How do you like the idea of getting your Internet and cellular wireless service from Google? The search engine giant is apparently looking to branch out yet again and talks have been held with satellite TV provider Dish Network. It’s in the very early stages right now, but it’s thought Dish is looking for a partner to build a U.S. wireless network with and Google might be a good fit.
Google certainly seems to be interested in getting a better grasp on the infrastructure of the web. The company already laid fiber-optic cable to many homes in Kansas City and is offering them high-speed Internet under the Google Fiber banner. Google also bid on wireless spectrum back in 2008 but lost out to Verizon and AT&T.
Dish has already acquired some wireless spectrum and wants to complement the satellite TV business with a good wireless network, although it would make more sense to partner with a company that has wireless towers and some additional infrastructure already in place, like one of the major carriers.
Google already has a relationship with Dish and the satellite TV provider offers enhanced integration for Google TV. The idea that they might take the relationship to the next level is at the speculation stage right now and even if something does go ahead it will be years before we see a wireless network up and running across the country.
Does it make sense for Google? Well, controlling that pipe to the Internet means potentially lifting restrictions and enabling people to use more Google services and use them for longer. Just think you could access your Gmail on a Google smartphone via a Google network. Who likes that idea?