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February 19, 2004
CONTACT: David Fish
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EchoStar CEO Charles Ergen to Speak March 4
Industry Analysts to Discuss Future of DISH Network TV

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Charles Ergen, the founder, chairman and CEO of EchoStar Communications Corporation, will speak and answer questions from a panel of financial and policy analysts on Thursday, March 4, at a lunch sponsored by The Progress & Freedom Foundation. Serving over 9 million satellite TV consumers through the DISH Network, Ergen and EchoStar are seen as key innovators in today's dynamic communications marketplace.

Ergen, who oversees one of the last major freestanding media companies, will speak as part of the Foundation's new series of "CEO Lunches." The event will run from Noon until 2 pm in the Rotunda Room of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, in Washington. Previous series speakers have included Verizon CEO Ivan Siedenberg and Vonage CEO Jeffrey Citron. The analysts who will question Ergen will be announced later.

Those interested in attending the event should register by contacting Eileen Goulding at 202-289-8928 or Members of the media should contact David Fish at 202-289-8928 or

EchoStar (NASDAQ: DISH) and its subsidiaries deliver Direct Broadcast Satellite television products and services to customers worldwide. The nine satellites that make up the EchoStar fleet provide hundreds of digital video, audio and data services to U.S. customers, through the DISH Network service. In December, DISH Network announced the availability of local channels in 100 markets. The company is looking for ways to offer new services such as high definition TV, in order to maximize consumers' programming choices.

"Whether he'll be buying, bought or launching his way to a bigger future as a stand-alone company, Charlie Ergen is obviously one of the communication sector's brightest innovators," says Foundation President Raymond L. Gifford. "He exerts an amazing influence on our digital future, and will be a great speaker."

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



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