Docket Number: 
IB Docket 11-55

EchoStar proposes to acquire control of Hughes Communications and its subsidiaries through purchasing all outstanding shares in Hughes Communications and assuming Hughes Communications' outstanding debt for approximately $2 billion. Pursuant to the Applicants' agreement, the Broadband Acquisition Corporation, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar will merge with and into Hughes Communications and Hughes Communications will emerge as the surviving corporation and will be an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar.

After the transaction, HNS will continue to be a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications and the direct parent of HNS Sub, both of which will be indirectly controlled by EchoStar after the transaction. Accordingly, EchoStar will acquire indirect control over Hughes FCC licenses and other FCC grants, including a license to operate SPACEWAY 3 at 94.95º W.L. and a Letter of Intent grant for FSS using the Jupiter 1 space station at the 107.1º W.L. orbital location, 20 earth station licenses and three experimental licenses. In addition, EchoStar will have indirect control over HNS other businesses including high-speed broadband Internet access, satellite equipment manufacturing and VSAT and other enterprise services.

One HNS subsidiary, Hughes Network Systems, Ltd. (HNS, Ltd.), a U.K. company intends to operate the SPACEWAY 3 satellite under supervision of the United Kingdom. HNS, Ltd. Also is currently building Jupiter 1, which will operate under U.K. supervision and for which the FCC has granted a request for U.S. market access. Hughes Communications presently is controlled indirectly through BRH Holdings Group, Ltd., (BRH) which presently is owned and controlled by Apollo principals Leon Black, Marc Rowan, and Joshua Harris, the sole stockholders and directors of BRH.

The Public Notice was issued March 18, 2011 and a pleading cycle has been established. See the Public Notice for more information.


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Record Documents

Below is a list of record documents in reverse chronological order.

Notice of Consummation, filed by EchoStar Communications

Notice of Ex Parte Communication, filed by DISH Network L.L.C.

Second Supplement, filed by DISH Network L.L.C.

Response to Request for Information, filed by Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Supplement, filed by EchoStar Corporation

Notice of Ex Parte Communication, filed by EchoStar

Update to Application, filed by EchoStar Corporation

Application Documents

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General Information: 

This page contains an indexed unofficial listing of and electronic links to most materials in this docket. The applications and any associated documents are also available for public inspection and copying during normal reference room hours at the FCC Reference Center. Copies of the applications and any subsequently-filed documents in this matter also may be obtained through the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).