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While Friday's meeting of the Media Security and Reliability Council at the Federal Communications Commission was described as more of an organizational "getting-to-know-you" gathering, members of the group stressed that its mission is critical for establishing protocols among the nation's communications companies during emergencies.

"Clearly there is a need for a council of this sort," said Mark Pagon, president and CEO of Pegasus Communications and a member of the council. "There needs to be communication between broadcast, multichannel and other sectors during times of emergency, like the emergency that happened with 9/11. This is a needed initiative."

Pagon joins other leaders in the satellite business involved with the council, including DirecTV President and COO Roxanne Austin, EchoStar Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch, XM Satellite Radio President and CEO Hugh Panero, SES Americom President and CEO Dean Olmstead, and PanAmSat President and CEO Joseph Wright.

Pegasus owns broadcast stations, which would become a critical component in relaying information to the public during times of crisis. In the future, Pegasus could play another role with its Ka-Band spectrum, since it would be a facilities-based provider with a national reach.

The company, through its Pegasus Telecommunications subsidiary, also has Guard Band frequencies, which support radio dispatch services for federal government agencies. Pagon said the company's Guard Band will provide critical radio communications during emergencies. The service will be initiated during the next three to four years.

From SkyReport (Used with Permission)
 
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