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Intelsat, SES Plunge as FCC Chief Rejects Their Airwave Plan (1)

Nov. 18, 2019, 4:50 PM; Updated: Nov. 19, 2019, 3:10 PM

The Federal Communications Commission decided to sell lucrative airwaves through a public auction rather than letting Intelsat SA and SES SA conduct a private sale of the frequencies, sending their shares plunging.

The FCC’s plan, which could slash the satellite companies’ take by billions of dollars, was announced in a tweet by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who, according to agency officials, had earlier discussed the matter with President Donald Trump.

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Shares in both companies suffered their biggest ever declines, with Intelsat slumping 40% on Monday and SES down as much as 23% in early trading on Tuesday. ...

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