Google is reportedly in talks with satellite TV giant Dish Network (DISH - Get Report) to potentially create a fourth U.S. wireless carrier, even as Sprint (S - Get Report) and T-Mobile (TMUS - Get Report) struggle to get their controversial merger cleared with federal and state authorities, according to a report.

Citing unnamed sources, the New York Post reported that Alan Mulally, a director of Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL - Get Report) , has held discussions with Dish Network about a plan to create a fourth U.S. telecom player, proposing launching a carrier with the help of assets acquired from T-Mobile. Mulally is a former CEO of Ford.

However, Google denied the reports, telling 9to5Google that the speculation is "... simply false."

"Google is not having any conversations with Dish about creating a wireless network," a Google spokesman told the Google-focused news site, declining to comment on whether Mulally was speaking to Dish.

T-Mobile and its parent, Deutsche Telekom, have been looking to offload assets to satisfy U.S. regulators in order to gain approval for T-Mobile's $26 billion merger with Sprint.

T-Mobile and Sprint are the third- and fourth-largest mobile carriers in the country behind No. 1 Verizon (VZ - Get Report) and No. 2 AT&T (T - Get Report) .

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