Changing Television for Everyone
One of the biggest keys to the company's, and the industry's success was the passing of legislation allowing for satellite transmission of local television stations. Ergen spent a lot of time in Washington D.C. arguing for good legislation. While the final result wasn't exactly what he'd hoped for, the minute local programming was available for DBS transmission, EchoStar made it available to subscribers.
Now 20 years after Ergen and DeFranco first drove a truck through the cold Colorado mountains, they stand at the forefront of the television industry, recognized as innovators and leaders in technology and subscription television.
Charlie Ergen, Co-Founder and CEO of EchoStar