EchoStar Links Up with EarthLink

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EchoStar Communications Corp. said Friday that it has signed a
strategic-marketing alliance with EarthLink Inc. to promote a bundled package of
direct-broadcast satellite television and digital-subscriber-line Internet

Earlier in the week, EchoStar announced a similar partnership with SBC
Communications Inc. As with SBC, eligible consumers could save up to $10 per
month by taking the bundle of services.

EarthLink and EchoStar are expected to begin offering the new bundle sometime
this summer.

EchoStar said it plans to develop new set-top boxes for its Dish Network DBS
service that would incorporate DSL technology to offer advanced services such as

Where EarthLink is not available via DSL, the companies will also offer a
bundled service that includes a discount on its dial-up Internet