Also notice - Date received by the FCC July 28th, Date posted on NPRM comments page July 28th. Usually there has been delays in posting, so the FCC is finally recovers from the Federal government shut down late last year.
Go to the search page: apps(DOT)fcc(DOT)gov/ecfs/comment_search/
Fill in the proceeding number: 13-213
Click on the various comment documents.
IMO, the latest meetings were directed at the primary objective, but just as equally important they were responding to Iridium's attempt to hoodwink the FCC for some spectrum, that I think Globalstar countered with specific information and testimony from the likes of Dooley as an expert witness.
Also, IMO, Globalstar probably received as much information as they gave. I have some speculations, for another time but not now because we don't want the shorts to think we are keeping them up to date !
Onstar plans are well liked by a number of their customers, but they pay for the security systems on a monthly basis. They really are only getting service where there are 'cell tower' signals available. AT&T seems to be the source of the connections, although I saw a Verizon mention while doing this DD.
So a customer pays Onstar for basic connection, then has to pay an additional amount for navigation aide, and the Wi-Fi another addition which comes with very limited data amounts ( additional costs ) and the monthly limit seems to be 3GB - that would burn in no time if the kids are watching video etc. Then, to use your cell phone that has to be paid for on a separate contract with AT&T or whoever you use in addition to the cost of Onstar. When you add it all up, I don't think it's exactly low cost. That's for GM automobiles.
I see in the future GSAT could technically come to market with a rear view mirror like Onstar, that had the same features, but would work anywhere and anytime even in the many areas that Onstar coverage doesn't reach currently. Or Globalstar might be able to strike a deal with others in the auto industry too. One thing at a time.
Onstar is cool, for what it offers and some of the success it has achieved with consumers is encouraging to be built upon and expanded by a company such as Globalstar, also growing to become a leader in these markets.
I recall following my son's activities during the Baha 1000 off road race in Mexico this year in real time streaming, race vehicle locations and speeds on a map, while exchanging messages on my home computer via the internet from the lower 48 to his wife also watching the race from Alaska thanks to Spot devices by Globalstar installed on the race cars.
GSAT is in the mix. Going to expand a great deal, IMO.
Also, I don't think Hughes had the option of continuing to hold the shares after the price per share reached a certain level, shares were automatically slated to be redeemed. The work that Hughes is now doing for GSAT is already paid for up front on upgrading the Earth based gateways to higher speeds to match the new constellation now operating in orbit with a 15 year life cycle ahead.
Think New Orleans or Gulf beaches within weekend range. Hurricane season but no earth quakes. Reasonable housing prices compared to such places as California. Sunshine instead of snow or fog in Oregon or Washington. And they already have some talented people with exciting projects and ideas. And it's a growing company. Houston might be seeing some migrations to Covington?
We aren't the only game in town on E-Rate. Here's a headline and story that includes a few names like Comcast, Cisco, and others - worth reading regards spectrum too.
Headline 7-11-2014 - "Comcast Applauds FCC E-Rate Reform
Among Number of Stakeholders,Others Lauding Vote"
Looked them up using the information you provided on the filer number, seems to be only one of many (12) small firms that use 'Global' as part of their name, this one in Irvine, California. Probably some sort of small calling card operation, IMO.
FAA approval of GSAT aircraft tracking solution, currently working through the system, could get the shares to 5 since it would be a world wide service that would become an airline standard, IMO. Translate GSAT technology into the ground based shipping industry, trucking, transit systems, traffic management and layer on more value. The answer to your question is connected to a longer time line, but GSAT is diversified in its products and getting stronger.
The recent final ruling on Sprint/Clearwire spectrum was issued outside of holding any public meeting - proves it doesn't have to come down at a monthly meeting?
Also FCC just published on their website a new item on Circulation as of 7-14-2014 dealing with:
"Amendment of Section 25.119(f) of the Commission's Rules to Modify the Consummation Deadline for Satellite Space and Earth Station License Assignments and Transfers of Control " I recall GSAT was exempt from Section 27 and placed under Section 25 within the NPRM. Time to review what Section 25 covers, and wait for anyone here to broaden our understanding of what this is about.
Don't have your answer, but did you see the post of the 22 new career positions at Globalstar. Among them are some number of key positions. Lake noticed them first. Will also be interested to hear the Sat-Fi reports.
Well they do speak Portuguese in Brazil and other parts of South America, as well as the old world Lisbon, Portugal.
WOW. 22 key positions, I think for TLPS, so they made decisions to budget and fill the necessary people / talents required for that. This is BIG. Your best find ever too, LPN.
If they had been more sneaky they would have farmed that task out to a head hunter, but they played their hand in public view and we can take a great deal of information on that. I see this as a strategic move.
Do we hear something Friday, perhaps AH. Will be worth missing some shares, and those short or out will have to wonder about this too, or be stupid.
I'm hoping and praying, that in the future CRAMER will tell his viewers that part of the risk is that they might not get instant results, might have to wait a few months or more for the seeds of their shares to bloom. In the meantime they could learn what they are putting their money into isn't all Cow Bells and Tug Boats and Magic Bean Stalks. Not that those infected with the Mad Cramer Disease want to be cured, but if some biotech company develops a vaccine that is approved by the FDA let me know.
Or imagine you are a kid who needs constant medical monitoring and needs to be home schooled. One day your doctor is able to offer your family an option - you can go to regular school, participate on the playground, etc. all while being monitored and/or medicated as needed. In the event of a problem the school nurse, your doctor and your parents are all notified at the same time. And they will know your exact location. No more having to live in a bubble.
Rings a BELL - Medtronic, one of the big names in medical devices, remember has also obtained their own
experimental license to conduct tests in the GSAT spectrum range around the same time as GSAT and Jarvinian drew their lab tests at the Amazon labs. For heart monitors and medication devices you certainly would want to use a managed network, as well as the other devices. TLPS fits the groove.
I think it also shows about what OOBE levels will be set on TLPS , and if the FCC is working these issues around a GSAT final ruling, then it would appear (IMO) that the only real remaining question would be the Iridium debates on their spectrum grab. There could still be some congressional actions involved such as the proposed idea (not popular with some here) of collecting a fee in lieu of not following an auction process on the use of some of the spectrum.
I also noted the FCC is aligning itself to set rules in accord with International Standards - which is right along GSAT plans as well as those of Sprint as outlined in this document. That's a good sign of making this competitive going towards approval.
Facilitating the Provision of Fixed and Mobile Broadband Access, Educational and Other Advanced Services in the 2150-2162 and 2500-2690 MHz Bands (Published in the Federal Register TODAY)
"In this document, the Commission adopted rules that relax the out-of-band emissions (OOBE) limits for Broadband Radio Service (BRS) and Educational Broadband Service (EBS) digital mobile stations (broadband mobile devices) operating in the 2496-2690 MHz radio frequency (RF) band (2.5 GHz band). These changes will enable operators to use BRS and EBS spectrum more efficiently and provide higher data rates to consumers. These changes will also promote greater consistency between the Commission's BRS/EBS technical rules and global standards for broadband mobile devices in the 2.5 GHz band, potentially making equipment more affordable and furthering the proliferation of broadband mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets that operate in the 2.5 GHz band."
Search First line of this post to read the entirety. Globalstar mentioned several times on these issues which were brought up by Sprint during the NPRM comment period now over.
I think the FCC is working the issues one by one, and this is evidence that progress is being made toward final
ruling - and Globalstar ultimately did not object to the conclusions arrived at on this issue which Globalstar had at first raised some concerns and worked out a compromise with Sprint and the FCC.