Mobile satellite service (MSS) operator Globalstar petitioned the FCC on Monday for authority to use the company’s licensed low-earth orbit (Big LEO) MSS channels in deploying a nationwide, long-term evolution (LTE) terrestrial broadband network. Following on a series of meetings between Globalstar executives and FCC staff members, Monday’s filing comes as the FCC continues deliberations on proposed licensing and technical rules that would enable terrestrial wireless carriers to operate on 2 GHz MSS channels that would be designated as the “AWS-4” band. Globalstar’s petition also follows on a similar request filed by satellite firms DISH Network (which, earlier this year, had its petition deferred by the FCC pending launch of the AWS-4 rulemaking). While stressing its commitment “to the future of the satellite business,” Globalstar argued for greater flexibility to put its MSS spectrum to terrestrial use in achieving “full and intensive . . . utilization of its spectrum” and thereby adding up to 22 MHz of spectrum to the national wireless broadband inventory. As part of a two-phase approach, Globalstar proposed a short-term plan to utilize its upper Big LEO channels in the 2483.5-2495 MHz band for a terrestrial low power service (TLPS) that corresponds with existing Wi-Fi offerings. Globalstar pointed out in its petition that the first part of its plan could be implemented immediately with minor software upgrades to existing Wi-Fi enabled devices that would enable customers to connect to the Globalstar TLPS system. During the second, long-term phase, Globalstar would use its full BIG LEO spectrum allocation in support of a new, LTE-based Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) mobile broadband network that would operate on a nationwide basis. Although Globalstar noted that its proposed FDD LTE network architecture would require only low-power uplink transmissions from terrestrial devices in the lower Big LEO bands that “would not compromise the accuracy or dependability of GPS services,” the company nevertheless called on the FCC to initiate “an open and transparent rulemaking proceeding in which all interested parties are invited to participate and resolve any issues that may be identified regarding Globalstar’s terrestrial FDD LTE Plans.” While citing the proximity of Globalstar’s authorized MSS channel allotment to Wi-Fi frequencies that would enable Globalstar “to help alleviate the current congestion being experienced over Wi-Fi channels,” Globalstar CEO Jay Monroe proclaimed in a press statement: “we can and should be permitted to use our terrestrial spectrum more intensively to meet the ever-increasing demands of consumers.”