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As the two companies continue to push their proposed $26 billion merger in Washington, D.C., EchoStar and DirecTV also are approaching folks on the state level about what they call the merits of their pending combination.

Today, in Nashville, Tenn., State Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Tony Grande will host a demonstration detailing how the proposed merger will deliver all local TV markets and affordable satellite broadband services. On Thursday, Pennsylvania State Sen. Jake Corman will host a conference in State College detailing the same points of the merger, which will be delivered during a meeting at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

Last week, John C. Mahaney, president of the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, hosted a similar meeting at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

Other meetings on the state level have been held in the past, sometimes hosted by a state-level lawmaker or leaders in the local business community.

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Anyone have any idea what they mean by affordable satellite broadband? The way D* has it now I will be using dialup for the next decade. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Keith
 

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Charlie Ergen, CEO of Dish Network, has said that if the merger would occur that the two way internet access by satellite would probably be half price ($35 vs. $70 a month) for the access. This would be wonderful news, and I am sure they could come up with a program for leasing the hardware as well since it is very expensive. If they could get this rolling they could have cheaper equipment and smaller dishes to bring this techonology forward, or possibly use existing dishes to do this on the small dish. I think there are a lot of advancements in the two way internet by satellite that could be made if enough people would subscribe to the service and if this merger would go through.

Seeing that Dish has no stakes in Starband I do not know if Starband would merge with Directv's two way internet service.
 
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