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Hughes Executive Testifies at FCC's Hearing on Superstorm Sandy



       Hughes Executive Testifies at FCC's Hearing on Superstorm Sandy

Focus on Critical Role of Satellite Networks When Disaster Strikes

PR Newswire

GERMANTOWN, Md., Feb. 6, 2013

GERMANTOWN, Md., Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Network Systems, LLC
(HUGHES), the global leader in broadband satellite solutions and services,
today announced that Tony Bardo, head of Government Solutions at Hughes,
testified before the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) first
post-Superstorm Sandy field hearing, examining challenges to the nation's
communications networks during natural disasters and in other times of crisis.

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"Hughes is honored to play an important part in supporting government and
non-profit organizations in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy," said Bardo.
"These hearings represent an important first step in identifying lessons
learned that can help to ensure that our nation's communications networks are
more reliable and resilient when disaster strikes."

WHAT:       FCC Post-Superstorm Sandy Field Hearing on Disaster Communications
            Panel #2: Assessing Network Resiliency – Lessons from Sandy
WHEN:       February 5, 2013
            11:00 a.m.
WHERE:      Alexander Hamilton U.S. Customs House (Manhattan)
            1 Bowling Green
            New York, NY 10004

Bardo summarized the vital role of satellite networks in keeping emergency
responders, businesses and people connected during the storm and in its
aftermath.

  o Help for Rockaway, NY: The Rockaway and Far Rockaway areas of Queens,
    NY—home to between 175,000 and 200,000 people—were hit hard during the
    storm and had little or no communications. The Federal Emergency
    Management Agency (FEMA) opened Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in the
    area, providing much needed information about recovery services such as
    housing/rental assistance and referrals to other assisting agencies (e.g.,
    Department of Veterans Affairs, Social Security Administration, Small
    Business Administration). With terrestrial lines down, volunteers and
    disaster victims couldn't make calls or apply for services online. Hughes
    responded promptly by providing DRCs with its broadband terminals and
    high-speed satellite broadband service.
  o Help for Habitat for Humanity: Over 100 homes were lost in the Breezy
    Point area of New York from a six alarm fire that ensued during Superstorm
    Sandy. Habitat for Humanity set up a command center nearby to help
    coordinate the rebuilding efforts; however, no terrestrial communications
    were available.  The Global VSAT Forum put out a call to its members, and
    Hughes and Cisco joined in the recovery effort providing key
    communications capabilities, including broadband services.
  o Help finding an open gas station, hotel, restaurant, or ATM: Hughes
    customer sites across the devastated region include thousands of gas
    stations, restaurants, pharmacies and hotels. Hughes provided a valuable
    service to the All Hazards Consortium (AHC) by identifying those with
    power and helping to quickly disseminate information to emergency
    responders. This information was regularly updated daily and was provided
    to officials in the impacted FEMA regions, the first responder community
    and key emergency operations centers.

About Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes) is the world's leading provider of
satellite broadband for home and office, delivering innovative network
technologies, managed services, and solutions for enterprises and governments
globally. HughesNet^® is the #1 high-speed satellite Internet service in the
marketplace, with offerings to suit every budget. To date, Hughes has shipped
more than 3.3 million systems to customers in over 100 countries, representing
over 50 percent market share. Its products employ global standards approved by
the TIA, ETSI and ITU organizations, including IPoS/DVB-S2, RSM-A, and GMR-1.

Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes
operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary
of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a premier global provider of satellite
operations and digital TV solutions. For additional information about Hughes,
please visit www.hughes.com.

©2013 Hughes Network Systems, LLC. Hughes and HughesNet are registered
trademarks of Hughes Network Systems, LLC. EchoStar is a registered trademark
of EchoStar Corporation.

SOURCE Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Website: http://www.hughes.com
Contact: Erin Studer, Hughes Network Systems, LLC, +1-301-601-7216,
erin.studer@hughes.com; or Mary Alice Johnson, ConnellyWorks, Inc.,
+1-571-323-2585 x2140, maryalice@connellyworks.com
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