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Fwd: Re: FCC rejects EchoStar/DirecTV merger 4-0

This very (rainy) weekend, I'm staying at a year-round lodge originally designed to be a ski lodge that
is located in a rural area of Western Massachusetts. (I type this at the library in Pittsfield, Mass
(home of Clapp Park; what kind of recreation goes on there?)  The owner has a communication
center  that gets broadcast TV (Albany, NY market plus channel 19), Dish TV and a five-feet-across
dish in the back yard that can get another satellite source if Dish TV went down for some reason.
I used it for the Today show  on channel 13 plus local weather and the Fox News Channel for 
their Wall Street show.  Of course Hancock, Mass isn't as rural as Zap, ND, but this guy has 
three options even if Direct TV were a monoply.  Many folks around here and in upstate NY have those
oversized dishes in the back yeard...is that a still-functioning source of TV anywhere?

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DATE: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 12:39:53
From: Larry Weil <kc1ih@mac.com>
To: Shawn Mamros <mamros@MIT.EDU>, Matthew Osborne <mattosborne1976@yahoo.com>
At 8:37 AM -0400 10/11/02, Shawn Mamros wrote:
>Aside from EchoStar and DirecTV, how many other companies are there
>providing satellite TV?  Offhand, I can't think of one, certainly
>not any of sufficient size to take on the proposed merged company.

For the small dish market, you are correct.  The only additional 
competition is very minor, from grey market Canadian dishes.

However, there are still companies packaging programming for large 
dish owners.  If that's really competition, I doubt it.

Larry Weil
Lake Wobegone, NH

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