Telecommunications

  • May 17, 2012

    FCC Plans Spectrum Grant For Wireless Patient Monitoring

    Eyeing a brave new world of health care technology, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday unleashed plans for freeing up bandwidth that would allow wireless monitoring of patient vital signs in and out of hospitals.

  • May 16, 2012

    Viacom, Time Warner End IPad Streaming Row

    Viacom International Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. have settled their dispute to allow Time Warner subscribers to stream Viacom’s programming through devices such as iPads, the companies said Wednesday.

  • May 16, 2012

    HBO, Time Warner Shake MTV Star's 'Entourage' Suit

    A New York state judge has tossed a suit against Home Box Office Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc., finding reality television star John Devenanzio was too late in claiming the HBO hit show "Entourage" had improperly used his nickname “Johnny Bananas.”

  • May 16, 2012

    Cox Ties Set-Top Boxes To Cable Service, Suit Claims

    Cox Communications Inc. was hit Monday with a potential class action by a subscriber who says the Cleveland-based cable company is violating state and federal antitrust laws by requiring premium cable subscribers to rent a separate digital receiver known as a set-top box.

  • May 15, 2012

    FCC Asks Verizon To Speak Up On Spectrum Sale Plan

    The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday asked Verizon Wireless to provide more information after it announced it will sell its 700 MHz spectrum licenses if its purchase of certain advanced wireless services spectrum licenses is completed.

  • May 15, 2012

    LightSquared Scores Access To $15M In Cash On 1st Day

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved all of struggling wireless communications startup LightSquared Inc.'s first-day motions, enabling the new debtor to continue to operate during the early days of its bankruptcy through the use of $15 million in cash.

  • May 15, 2012

    Peregrine Says HTC Smartphone Infringes 5 Circuit Patents

    Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. sued HTC Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary in the U.S. International Trade Commission and California federal court on Monday, accusing the smartphone maker of infringing five patents covering radio frequency circuitry.

  • May 14, 2012

    LightSquared Ch. 11 Won't Halt Falcone Fraud Claims

    Harbinger Capital Management LLC head Philip Falcone may have breathed a temporary sigh of relief Monday when his troubled wireless startup LightSquared Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection, but the move won’t save him from fraud claims by angry Harbinger shareholders, experts say.

  • May 14, 2012

    FCC Suspends Ruling On Comcast Bias Against Tennis Channel

    The Federal Communications Commission on Monday stayed its December decision asking Comcast Cable Communications LLC to carry The Tennis Channel Inc. on the same package as its affiliated sports networks in its first finding that a cable operator had flouted its anti-discrimination rules.

  • May 14, 2012

    Microsoft Blocks German Threat In Motorola Patent Fight

    A Washington federal judge overseeing a contract and patent fight between Microsoft Corp. and Motorola Inc. over video and wireless technologies on Monday granted Microsoft’s request to block Motorola from enforcing a German court’s May 2 order barring Windows and Xbox sales there.

  • May 14, 2012

    Nvidia Teams Up To Buy 500 Wireless Tech Patents

    Nvidia Corp. has jointly acquired about 500 advanced wireless communication patents with patent-licensing company Intellectual Ventures in a move designed to shore up Nvidia's defenses against patent infringement claims as it develops its own 4G LTE products, it announced Monday.

  • May 14, 2012

    LightSquared Seeks Ch. 11 As Lenders Tighten $1.7B Noose

    LightSquared Inc., the struggling wireless startup backed by hedge fund billionaire Philip Falcone, filed for bankruptcy protection in New York federal court Monday, just hours before time ran out to renegotiate terms of its $1.7 billion debt.

  • May 14, 2012

    Nokia, T-Mobile Accused Of Treading On 5 Wireless Patents

    Technology licensing company Adaptix Inc. hit Nokia Siemens Networks US LLC and T-Mobile USA Inc. with a patent infringement suit Thursday in Texas federal court, accusing them of infringing five wireless telecommunications patents.

  • May 14, 2012

    LightSquared Taps Milbank In Big Test For Firm

    As LightSquared Inc. retreats into bankruptcy, the wireless startup has tapped Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP to guide it through the Chapter 11 process, presenting the firm its biggest opportunity in recent memory to test its bankruptcy mettle.

  • May 11, 2012

    Apple Ordered To Testify In Motorola IP Battle

    A Florida federal judge on Friday compelled Apple Inc. to provide deposition testimony in Motorola's heated patent war against Apple over wireless and smartphone innovations, warning the company that it must comply or face sanctions.

  • May 11, 2012

    Garmin Can't Escape Tracking Tech Trade Secrets Suit

    A Virginia federal judge refused Wednesday to dismiss the bulk of a suit alleging Garmin International Inc. violated a trade secrets agreement and publicly disclosed Beacon Wireless Solutions Inc.'s technology for monitoring vehicles, trimming an implied contract claim he found was preempted.

  • May 11, 2012

    Franken Prods DOJ On Mobile Tracking Amid Privacy Concerns

    Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Thursday questioned the U.S. Department of Justice about its practice of requesting individuals' location records from wireless carriers, as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares for a hearing next week to consider legislation that would curtail the practice.

  • May 11, 2012

    NY Extends Blackstone Power Line Debate As Public Tunes In

    A groundswell of public interest in whether a Blackstone Group LP subsidiary is cleared to build a 330-mile underwater cable bringing hydroelectric power from Quebec to New York City prompted state regulators to push back a deadline for feedback Friday.

  • May 11, 2012

    Bankruptcy Judge Won't Let Capitol Pull Plug On Customers

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge cleared Capitol Infrastructure LLC on Thursday to reject hundreds of telecommunications contracts, but vowed to protect consumers from an immediate cutoff of their phone and Internet services.

  • May 10, 2012

    CBS Says People In 'Glass Houses' Shouldn't Steal Shows

    CBS Broadcasting Inc. slammed ABC Inc. and The Walt Disney Co. with a copyright infringement and trade secret theft lawsuit on Thursday, saying the planned ABC series "Life in a Glass House" brazenly rips off CBS’s popular "Big Brother" reality television show.