Telecommunications

  • February 7, 2013

    $1.5B T-Mobile, MetroPCS Deal Takes Flak Over Debt Load

    A hedge fund that controls about 2 percent of MetroPCS Wireless Inc. said Thursday it would vote against the company's $1.5 billion merger with T-Mobile USA Inc., saying the deal includes too much debt at terms “that are not based on any market reality.”

  • February 7, 2013

    Nexstar Settles Antitrust Suit Against Local TV Rival

    Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. has regained its status as the local Fox Broadcasting Co. affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind., and settled its federal lawsuit alleging that Granite Broadcasting Corp. attempted to monopolize Fort Wayne's local television advertising market, it said Wednesday.

  • February 7, 2013

    EU Plan Forces More Cos. To Reveal Data Breaches

    The European Commission released a proposed cybersecurity directive Thursday imposing new reporting requirements for the energy, banking, transportation and health sectors as well as other “enablers of key Internet services,” forcing private companies to divulge all data breaches that significantly impact their operations to government authorities.

  • February 6, 2013

    Former Sen. Hutchison Joins Bracewell As Senior Counsel

    Former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, has joined Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in Dallas as senior counsel to advise clients from the banking, energy, transportation and telecom sectors on federal regulatory matters, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • February 5, 2013

    Brinker Doesn't Aid Verizon Wage Class, Calif. Court Says

    Verizon Wireless won't face class allegations that it failed to provide workers with meal breaks after a California state appeals court on Monday rejected the plaintiff's argument that the recent Brinker decision changed the law in his favor.

  • February 5, 2013

    Bharti Airtel Buys Out Alcatel In India Telecom JV

    Internet and phone service provider Bharti Airtel Ltd. is buying out an Alcatel-Lucent SA unit from a joint venture the two have had in India in order to gain better control of its fixed line and broadband networks, the company said Tuesday.

  • February 5, 2013

    Shearman, Ropes Aid Liberty In $16B Virgin Media Buy

    Colorado-based cable firm Liberty Global Inc. will acquire U.K. cable provider Virgin Media Inc. for an equity value of $16 billion that includes shares and nearly $6 billion in cash, the companies said Tuesday.

  • February 4, 2013

    Indie Record Trade Group Exits Sirius Antitrust Suit

    Sirius XM Radio Inc. reached a settlement with the American Association of Independent Music on Thursday, resolving its suit claiming the trade group had taken part in an “industrywide conspiracy” to inflate music licensing rates.

  • February 4, 2013

    High Court Asked To Weigh Copyright Board Structure Reform

    Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Inc. recently told the U.S. Supreme Court that Congress, and not an appeals court, should have revised the structure of the Copyright Royalty Board after it was found to be unconstitutional.

  • February 1, 2013

    Cable Connector Co. Wins Patent Challenge In CIT

    The Court of International Trade on Friday ruled Corning Gilbert Inc.'s coaxial cable connectors were improperly excluded from entry in the U.S., saying the products don't infringe a rival's patent.

  • February 1, 2013

    Comcast Sued By Business-Class Customers Over Fees

    Comcast Cable Communications Inc. was hit with a proposed class action in Pennsylvania federal court Friday by a group of business-class customers who say Comcast charged them early termination and Internet equipment fees contrary to their business agreements.

  • February 1, 2013

    Mercedes Skirts False Ad Suit Over Parking Cameras, Radios

    A California federal judge on Friday tossed a putative class action alleging Mercedes-Benz USA LLC’s advertisements misled consumers about parking guidance systems and Sirius radio features being standard on its 2012 luxury coupe models, finding the two named plaintiffs don’t have standing to sue.

  • February 1, 2013

    After Series Of Hang-Ups, Telecom Co. To Enter Ch. 11

    Wireline telecommunication services provider Otelco Inc. said Friday that it will be forced to enter into a prepackaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy following the loss of a valuable Time Warner Cable Inc. contract and a blow to its revenue caused by a recent federal communications ruling.

  • February 1, 2013

    Telecom Co. Sycamore Goes Private In $19M Marlin Equity Sale

    Telecommunications firm Sycamore Networks Inc. on Friday went private in a $18.8 million deal with Marlin Equity Partners, closing out a liquidation plan unveiled last fall and ending a public run that saw the company's market value plummet from an all-time high of $14 billion.

  • February 1, 2013

    Dish Ad-Skip DVR Violates Copyrights, Fox Tells 9th Circ.

    Fox Broadcasting Co. Inc. on Thursday reasserted its argument at the Ninth Circuit that services offered by Dish Network Corp. in connection with an ad-skipping digital video recorder violate the terms of a contract between the two companies and infringe Fox's copyrights.

  • January 31, 2013

    Powerwave Lender's Cash Grab Prompted Ch. 11, Atty Says

    Powerwave Technologies Inc. was tipped into a free-fall bankruptcy by a secured lender that swept $8.3 million of its cash collateral from Powerwave’s accounts without notice, an attorney for the wireless equipment maker said Thursday.

  • January 31, 2013

    ITC To Investigate Samsung, Nokia, Others Over 4G Patents

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday took up a case against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, Nokia Corp. and others alleging the companies have imported 3G and 4G wireless devices that infringe a patent held by InterDigital Inc.

  • January 31, 2013

    FCC Approves More Flexible Experimental Device Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a change to its experimental device rules, giving medical, health care and other wireless device makers more flexibility to test experimental equipment without needing permits for each planned device.

  • January 30, 2013

    Saban Capital Takes Controlling Interest In Israeli Mobile Co.

    S.B. Israel Telecom Ltd., an affiliate of investment firm Saban Capital Group Inc., has purchased a controlling interest in Partner Communications Co. Ltd. for an undisclosed price, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2013

    'Idol' Contestant Targets Gibson Dunn, MoFo In Libel Suit

    A former “American Idol” contestant on Friday sued Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Fox Inc. and E! Entertainment Television Inc., alleging in Tennessee federal court that the broadcasters and law firms made defamatory statements about him.