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EarthLink Partners EchoStar and DIRECTV

EarthLink announced separate partnerships with EchoStar Communications and DIRECTV to offer DBS satellite TV service.

EarthLink will begin reselling the EchoStar's DISH service by the end of the first quarter of 2006 in select parts of the country. EarthLink will be responsible for marketing, account management, and billing inquiries. DISH Network will provide programming, installation, and technical support.

In other markets, EarthLink will offer a bundled package of DIRECTV service and EarthLink Internet services. This arrangement will also start by the end of the first quarter of 2006. "EarthLink continues to evolve with the changing communications and entertainment needs of our customers," said Gary Sonnier, EarthLink vice president of consumer access products.

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