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FCC Releases Proposed Rules For Globalstar Terrestrial Broadband Services Over 22 MHz Of Spectrum
Nov 03, 2013 (12:11 PM EST)
COVINGTON, La., Nov. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Globalstar, Inc. (OTCQB: GSAT) announced today that the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking ("NPRM") commencing a formal proceeding to allow Globalstar to deploy a terrestrial broadband network over 22 MHz of spectrum in the 2.4 GHz band. As Globalstar requested, the proposed new rules would allow the Company to provide terrestrial broadband services over its 11.5 MHz of previously-licensed S-band spectrum at 2483.5-2495 MHz, as well as the adjacent 10.5 MHz of unlicensed spectrum at 2473-2483.5 MHz.
As provided in the 2010 National Broadband Plan, these proposed rules are consistent with the FCC's policy to more intensively use satellite spectrum to meet the nation's growing demand for mobile broadband services while preserving mission-critical mobile satellite capabilities. Upon final adoption of these rules, Globalstar can maximize the utility of this resource, adding a full 22 MHz to the nation's inventory of available terrestrial broadband spectrum.
Further, consistent with the Company's proposed near-term and long-term procedural structure for considering terrestrial use in Globalstar's Big LEO spectrum, the FCC confirmed that Globalstar's L-band proposal will be addressed separately from this proceeding.
"The FCC's release of Globalstar's requested Notice of Proposed Rulemaking last Friday represents a seminal development and yet another step forward in Globalstar's renaissance," said Jay Monroe, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to receiving the public's comments and working towards a final order over the next several months."
Globalstar will host a conference call Wednesday, November 6th, 2013, at 10:00am EST to discuss this recent development. Please join us for what promises to be an informative discussion regarding the proposed rules, next steps and near-term outlook for permanent terrestrial relief.
About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Globalstar offers these services to commercial and recreational users in more than 120 countries around the world. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and duplex satellite data modems and flexible service packages. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service. Global customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. Note that all SPOT products described in this or any Globalstar press release are the products of Spot LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia. SPOT Connect is a trademark of Spot LLC.
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