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FCC Grants Pegasus Licenses to Two Full CONUS Slots

Action Positions Pegasus to Expand Delivery of Digital Satellite Television, Local Broadcast Signals and High-Speed Internet Access to Rural America (August 03, 2001)
The Federal Communications Commission today awarded Pegasus Communications Corporation licenses to launch and operate satellites transmitting in the Ka-band frequency, in two orbital slots (107W and 117W) that cover the entire continental United States (CONUS). The licenses will enable Pegasus to operate communications satellites that will deliver direct-to-home satellite television, re-transmission of local broadcast signals, high-speed Internet access and interactive television services to communities throughout North America.

"Over the next decade, our new Ka licenses will ensure that Pegasus is at the forefront in providing rural Americans affordable access to the very best in digital television, local programming and high-speed Internet access," said Mark Pagon, president, chairman and CEO of Pegasus Communications.


The combination of virgin spectrum in the Ka frequency band and "spot-beam" satellite designs will enable Pegasus to deliver an expanded array of programming and Internet access services at significantly lower costs than conventional CONUS beam Ku-band satellites. "Spot-beam" Ka-band satellites will also enhance existing satellite programming through the delivery of valuable new programming and interactive services specifically tailored to the interests and tastes of local communities.

"The successful licensing of the Ka frequency band by the FCC is a major step forward on the road to providing rural Americans affordable access to digital satellite TV, local broadcast signals and high-speed Internet access," said Cheryl Crate, Pegasus' Vice President of Public Affairs. "We applaud the FCC for making bridging the digital divide for rural Americans a top priority. Pegasus looks forward to continuing a meaningful dialogue with policymakers about the future of broadband and other advanced digital services in rural America."

Pegasus also received licenses from the FCC to operate satellites transmitting in the Ka-band in three non-CONUS slots that are capable of providing services to Africa, Europe and Asia (43W, 28E and 107.5E).

About Pegasus
Pegasus Communications Corporation (pgtv.com) is the 10th largest cable or satellite television provider in the United States and the only publicly traded cable, satellite TV or Internet services company exclusively focused on providing service to rural communities.

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