Two Towns Tell EchoStar: Call Us 'Dish' Colorado, New York towns want EchoStar
By Joyzelle Davis Rocky Mountain News August 25, 2005
Dish, Colorado. Or how about Dish, New York?
One day after EchoStar Communications Corp. announced a decade of free satellite service for any city or town that changes its name to Dish, two communities have thrown their names into the ring.
Interested residents from Brookvale, an area of about 200 people near the base of Mount Evans, and the upstate New York town of Virgil, population 2,287, have contacted EchoStar as potential candidates.
Douglas County-based EchoStar will accept candidates until the Nov. 1 deadline, then "pick the best one," said spokesman Steve Caulk.
Brookvale isn't incorporated as a city and hasn't had its own post office in more than 50 years, "but if you type it in MapQuest it'll go right to it," said Paul Fiorino, who submitted Brookvale's name to EchoStar.
"We want to recognize this place," said Fiorino, the self-described town historian who moved to the region west of Evergreen in 2000 in hopes of revitalizing the one-time resort area.
EchoStar is offering every household a receiver, installation and the America's Top 60 package of channels for 10 years. In exchange, the winning town is supposed to put the Dish name on government buildings, post offices and official stationary. Brookvale has none of those.
"There's no city hall because there's no town government," said Fred Rollenhagen, planning director for Clear Creek County.
EchoStar's offer doesn't require a municipality to be incorporated, Caulk said. Any candidates are required to enter into negotiations "to address issues like this," he said.
Virgil resident Bruce Grodner submitted the name of his town, 40 miles south of Syracuse. Grodner, who intends to present the idea to the town council, has received mixed reactions from community leaders.
"The guy who owns the cable company will probably want to kill me," Grodner said. "But it's a tempting offer, and we could have some fun with it."
Actually AT60, locals extra most likely, or chances are no locals at all.
I was thinking local reporter start by saying: "our Dish Patrol were on the look out for someone who robbed the Dish Fight the Hunger office last night, instead they caught a guy that went dish postal. It is estimated that it will cost Dish $5,000 to replace the broken dishes...but the hungery can have the comfort of knowing they still get free Dish TV while waiting for the new dishes to arrive."
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