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Google, Dish may be mulling wireless service

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It could be called GooDish. Or Dishgle. Neither of those awkward mashups of Google and Dish Network are likely, but what may be in the works is a partnership between the two companies for a wireless service.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the two companies have had talks about creating a service that would challenge Verizon Wireless and AT&T, "according to people familiar with the discussions."

Satellite TV provider Dish acquired a chunk of wireless spectrum back in 2008, meant for satellite service. But it's still awaiting FCC approval to use that spectrum for a wireless service. In the meantime, Dish has been beefing up its offerings, including recently launching a broadband Internet service aimed at rural areas that don't currently get high-speed Internet.

Google, too, has been busy on other fronts besides its search engine, Android operating system for phones and tablets, Chrome OS for laptops and G+ social network. The company has just started rolling out its blazing fast fiber Internet service, testing it in Kansas City

The service, which Google boasts is “100 times faster than today’s average broadband,” will cost residents $70 a month, or $120 for bundled TV service.

Asked by NBC News about the talks with Dish, a Google spokesman said, "We don't comment on rumor or speculation."

Dish is keeping mum. "We don't have a comment on the story," a spokesman told NBC News.

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