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COVINGTON, La. -- In a press release issued by Globalstar, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSAT) today under the same headline, please note that the URL for Globalstar's Petition for Rulemaking was incorrect. The correct URL should be http://www.globalstar.com/en/index.php?cid=6000. The full and correct release follows:

Globalstar, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSAT), today announced that it has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) to obtain the regulatory flexibility necessary to use its licensed MSS spectrum terrestrially to support mobile broadband applications throughout the United States.

The highlights of the filing include:

  • Globalstar proposes two separate but complementary terrestrial service offerings over its exclusively licensed Big LEO spectrum -- a long term LTE-based service over the entirety of its spectrum and a near term terrestrial low power service (TLPS) offering over its 2.4 GHz spectrum band;
  • Near term, Globalstar seeks rule changes to allow the provision of TLPS within its spectrum at 2483.5-2495 MHz (AWS-5) and adjacent unlicensed Industrial, Scientific, and Medical Equipment (ISM) spectrum at 2473-2483.5 MHz;
  • This innovative use of the combined 22 MHz of spectrum for TLPS would help alleviate the increasing congestion that is impeding existing 802.11 ISM channels (Wi-Fi) in many areas. In effect, TLPS would increase the available Wi-Fi capacity in the United States by 33%;
  • As part of offering TLPS, the Company commits to deploy 20,000 free TLPS access points in the nation's public and non-profit schools, community colleges and hospitals. Further, Globalstar agrees to provide its mobile satellite services free of charge to its customers in any federally declared disaster area following a natural or man-made disaster;
  • Long term, Globalstar seeks authority to construct and operate a Long Term Evolution (LTE) system within its Big LEO spectrum, after an open and transparent rulemaking proceeding to resolve any technical issues.

Globalstar Inc. (Nasdaq: GSAT)

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2/9/2016 | 12:53:52 PM
If/when will the FCC allow this to happen?
This NPRM is nearly two years old but has seen no movement.  Does anyone know the real status or likely outcome?
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