Why Globalstar Inc. Stock Plunged Today

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What happened

Shares of Globalstar, Inc. (NYSEMKT: GSAT) were down 14.5% as of 11:40 a.m. EST after the satellite communications company revealed it is seeking to narrow its request in an ongoing FCC proceeding to allow Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS).

So what

In Globalstar's third-quarter 2016 conference call last week, management had detailed its response to an interference report filed by Microsoft in the proceedings in September, arguing that Microsoft's methodology "included an extreme test setup and technical parameters that would never occur in any real-world deployment." Rather, when such testing was performed in a real-world deployment, Globalstar said at the time, "it is conclusive that TLPS peacefully coexists with unlicensed operations [and] poses no risk whatsoever to such services as Bluetooth and 2.4 Ghz WiFi systems."

Today, though -- and noting Globalstar's original proposal was to allow its 11.5 MHz of licensed spectrum to be used with 10.5 MHz of unlicensed spectrum in the adjacent ISM band -- Globalstar revealed a narrower request in a statement:

Now what

To be fair, this doesn't mean Globalstar has failed completely in progressing its TLPS agenda with the FCC. But it's hard to blame investors for worrying since this indicates its initial proposal is being viewed as a too-broad solution. In the end, while Globalstar's concession might be just what the FCC needs to move forward, I'm still content watching the company's progress from the sidelines.

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