The talks between Dish and Google aren't advanced and could amount to nothing, one of the people said. Google is just one of several companies that Dish has held talks with recently, and the discussions with other potential partners are also at an exploratory stage, said the people familiar with the discussions. It is unclear which other companies are discussing a potential partnership with Dish.
Dish has said it wants a partner to help it build out a wireless network with the spectrum it acquired in 2008. The network could be used for mobile phone and Internet services.