Telecommunications

  • March 23, 2010

    3rd Circ. Lifts Stay On FCC Cross-Ownership Rule

    A federal appeals court has ruled to lift the stay on the Federal Communications Commission's controversial cross-ownership rule, freeing up companies to purchase both a broadcast station and daily newspaper in the same media market — at least for now.

  • March 22, 2010

    Swiss Watchdog Tries To Revive $310M Swisscom Fine

    Switzerland's competition watchdog said Monday it will appeal a recent court decision overturning its hefty 333 million Swiss franc ($309.8 million) fine against Swisscom AG for allegedly abusing its dominant market position to overcharge for cell phone termination fees.

  • March 22, 2010

    Regent Communications Disclosure Statement Gets OK

    Regent Communications Inc. got a green light to start soliciting support for its Chapter 11 plan Monday when the judge overseeing the radio broadcasting company's Chapter 11 proceedings approved its disclosure statement.

  • March 22, 2010

    Aldav Settles With Last Defendants Over Web Radio IP

    On the heels of settlements with Clear Channel Communications Inc., Cumulus Media Inc. and others, Aldav LLC has reached a licensing deal with Univision Communications Inc. and Radio One Inc., the last two defendants in its suit alleging infringement of a patent for Internet broadcast technology.

  • March 19, 2010

    German Reforms Could Force Splits For Telecom Giants

    Germany's economics minister proposed revisions to the country's telecommunications law Friday that would allow the German network regulator to force vertically integrated companies to split their wholesale and retail offerings into separate business units in cases of extreme, ongoing competition problems.

  • March 19, 2010

    Mosaid Sues LSI, Agere Over Patent Assignment Deal

    Mosaid Technologies Inc. has fired off a breach of contract suit against LSI Corp. and Agere Systems Inc., claiming they have violated a 2007 patent assignment agreement over wireless technology.

  • March 18, 2010

    FCC Seeks Comments On Comcast-NBC Merger

    The Federal Communications Commission is seeking comments on the proposed merger of Comcast Corp. and NBC Universal Inc., asking for public input on the transfer of certain broadcast rights that need to happen for the giant media deal to go through.

  • March 18, 2010

    XM Radio Hit With Patent Suit Over MP3 Player

    XM Satellite Radio Inc. has been hit with a lawsuit alleging infringement of patents that cover an audio program player and playback system technology.

  • March 17, 2010

    Clear Channel Exits Aldav Web Radio Patent Suit

    Clear Channel Communications Inc. has become the latest radio heavyweight to agree to a settlement in a suit brought by Aldav LLC accusing broadcast media companies Cumulus Media Inc., CBS Radio Inc. and others of infringing a patent related to Internet radio technology.

  • March 16, 2010

    Citadel's Disclosure Statement Wins Court OK

    The judge in charge of bankrupt radio company Citadel Broadcasting Corp.'s Chapter 11 proceedings has approved the company's disclosure statement, giving Citadel the green light to start soliciting support for a restructuring plan that was modified to increase recoveries for unsecured creditors.

  • March 16, 2010

    Mercedes Bid To Decertify Tele Aid Class Denied

    A federal judge has again denied Mercedes-Benz USA LLC’s efforts to decertify a class of vehicle owners alleging the automaker sold them expensive analog Tele Aid emergency contact systems that it knew would become obsolete in 2008, when cell phone companies switched from analog to digital technology.

  • March 16, 2010

    Sprint Strikes Deal In Traffic Alert Patent Suit

    Sprint Solutions Inc. on Tuesday became the latest defendant to settle in a patent infringement suit by Texas patent-holding company Traffic Information LLC that has ensnared several big cell phone companies.

  • March 15, 2010

    Cumulus Strikes Deal In Aldav Web Radio Patent Suit

    Cumulus Media Inc. has become the latest radio heavyweight to agree to a settlement in a suit brought by Aldav LLC that accused broadcast media companies Clear Channel Communications Inc., CBS Radio Inc. and others of infringing a patent related to Internet radio technology.

  • March 12, 2010

    Cablevision, Comcast Lose Challenge To FCC Rule

    A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge from Cablevision Systems Corp. and Comcast Corp. to a Federal Communications Commission decision to extend a rule that prevents cable operators from withholding programming from rivals.

  • March 11, 2010

    Polish Telecom Loses Tying Battle In EU Court

    The European Union's highest court has shot down Telekomunikacja Polska SA's challenge to a Polish law prohibiting telecommunications providers from forcing consumers to purchase multiple services.

  • March 10, 2010

    Google, Facebook Hit With IP Suit Over Mobile Sites

    Mobile content management company Wireless Ink Corp. has slapped Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. with a patent infringement suit over their social networking Web sites designed for cell phone users.

  • March 10, 2010

    Internet Radio Escapes Online Ad Patent Suit

    Internet Radio Inc. has become the latest defendant to exit a patent infringement suit brought by Fowler Woods LLC over technology for displaying electronic advertisements with streaming audio.

  • March 9, 2010

    Swisscom Escapes $310M Fine For Termination Fees

    A Swiss court has overruled an antitrust watchdog's hefty fine of $333 million Swiss francs ($309.8 million) against Swisscom AG for allegedly abusing its dominant market position to overcharge for cell phone termination fees.

  • March 9, 2010

    Charter, Verizon Resolve Fiber Optics Patent War

    Charter Communications Inc. and rival telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. have agreed to bury the hatchet and end three patent lawsuits over fiber-optic network technology.

  • March 9, 2010

    Stragent Sues Huawei Over Wireless Patent

    Patent-holding company Stragent LLC has accused Chinese telecommunications equipment supplier Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and its U.S. subsidiary of infringing a patent for wireless technology.