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Last updated 3/21/14.

On December 3, 2001, the Commission received applications requesting consent to the transfer of control of licenses and authorizations held by Hughes Electronics Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates and by EchoStar Communications Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates to EchoStar Communications Corporation, a Delaware corporation.  Hughes controls various space station, earth station, wireless and experimental licenses and Section 214 authorizations, including licenses and Section 214 authorizations held by PanAmSat Corporation and its wholly-owned subsidiaries.  ECC controls various space station and earth station licenses, including licenses and authorizations held by EchoStar Satellite Corporation, EchoStar 110 Corporation, EchoStar North America Corporation and EchoStar VisionStar Corporation.

10/18/02
Full Text of EchoStar-DirecTV Merger Application Hearing Designation Order: Word

10/10/02
FCC Declines to Approve EchoStar-DirecTV Merger.
News Release: Word
Powell Statement: Word | Abernathy Statement: Word
Copps Statement: Word | Martin Statement: Word
Press Conference: Audio/Video

Application Materials:

12/3/01
VOLUME I -
Consolidated Application For Authority to Transfer Control filed by EchoStar Communications Corporation, General Motors Corporation and Hughes Electronics Corporation

VOLUME II -
Agreement and Plan of Merger by and between EchoStar Communications Corporation and Hughes Electronics Corporation (October 28, 2001)
Implementation Agreement by and among General Motors Corporation, Hughes Electronics Corporation and EchoStar Communications Corporation (October 28, 2001) [Acrobat | Acrobat]
Separation Agreement by and between General Motors Corporation and Hughes Electronics Corporation (October 28, 2001)
Stock Purchase Agreement Among EchoStar Communications Corporation, Hughes Electronics Corporation, Hughes Communications Galaxy, Inc., Hughes Communications Satellite Services, Inc. and Hughes Communications, Inc. (October 28, 2001)

VOLUME III -
Transfer of Control Applications for Licenses Controlled by EchoStar Communications Corporation
[Acrobat | Acrobat | Acrobat]

VOLUME IV -
Transfer of Control Applications for Licenses Controlled by Hughes Electronics Corporation
[Acrobat | Acrobat | Acrobat | Acrobat | Acrobat | Acrobat | Acrobat | Acrobat | Acrobat | Acrobat]

On November 1, 2001, FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell announced that W. Kenneth Ferree, chief of the Cable Services Bureau and future Media Bureau, will head an inter-agency team of FCC officials to review whether EchoStar Communications Corporation's proposed acquisition of General Motors' Hughes Electronics, which owns satellite television service DirecTV, is in the public interest.  (View the Press Release.)

To view the Comments and Reply Comments filed in this proceeding, and other related documents go to the ECFS Page.  Select the "Search the ECFS System" link (or the alternate link if the main link does not respond), enter "01-348" in the "Proceeding" box, and press the "Retrieve Document List" button.  (For a complete hard-copy set of these comments, contact Best Copy and Printing, Inc. at 800-378-3160.)

Other Related Materials:

07/23/02
Letter From W. Kenneth Ferree, Chief, Media Bureau to Applicants, Restarts the Clock

04/25/02
Order Adopting Second Protective Order by the Chief, Media Bureau (DA 02-964) [Text | Word | Acrobat]

04/22/02
Ex Parte Letter/Request for Enhanced Confidential Treatment filed by EchoStar Communications Corporation and Hughes Electronics Corporation

4/19/02
Public Notice, Echostar Communications Corporation and Hughes Electronics Corporation Seek FCC Authority To Launch And Operate New Echostar 1 DBS Satellite, DA 02-922 [Acrobat | Word | Text]

3/07/02
Letter Denying Request for Extension of Time to the Applicants from the Cable Services Bureau

2/4/02
Initial Information and Document Request: [Letter: MS Word Version | Text Version | Attachment: MS Word Version | Text Version]

1/9/02
Order Adopting Protective Order by the Chief, Cable Services Bureau

1/7/02
Hart-Scott-Rodino Waiver Letter to the U.S. Department of Justice from EchoStar Communications Corporation, General Motors Corporation, and Hughes Electronics Corporation

12/21/01
Echostar Communications Corporation, General Motors Corporation, And Hughes Electronics Corporation Seek FCC Consent For A Proposed Transfer of Control, CS Docket No. 01-348: [Public Notice: MS Word Version | Text Version]

12/18/01
Letter pursuant to 47 C.F.R. § 1.65 notifying the Commission of the definitive agreement with Vivendi Universal S. A. filed by EchoStar Communications Corporation, General Motors Corporation and Hughes Electronics Corporation


The staff contact is Marcia Glauberman, (202) 418-7046, Marcia.Glauberman@fcc.gov, of the Media Bureau.  For more information pertaining to the Media Bureau, please call:  (202) 418-7200.

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