Dish Calls for Merger Support


EchoStar Communications Corp. is asking its Dish Network subscribers to voice
support for its proposed merger with DirecTV Inc. parent Hughes Electronics

On its Web
site, EchoStar has put up an information page on the benefits of the merger,
along with a 'Take Action' link that allows customers to send online messages to
members of Congress.

The link allows online visitors to craft their own message, use a prewritten
letter as is, or customize the letter.

The closing line tells members of Congress: 'In the interest of improving our
access to competitive television and Internet service, I urge you to lend your
support to this merger.'

A separate letter was crafted for small dealers to send. It concludes: 'This
merger is an economic gain for the small business community, and it needs your

EchoStar's letter claimed that with all 210 local markets having access to
broadcast channels via satellite, satellite retailers will be better able to
compete with cable.