Telecommunications

  • May 4, 2012

    FCC Sinks Liberty Media's Sirius XM Takeover Bid

    The Federal Communications Commission on Friday denied a move by Liberty Media Corp. to take control of Sirius XM Radio Inc., finding the fact that Liberty couldn't obtain signatures from Sirius — which opposed the takeover — rendered the application unacceptable.

  • May 4, 2012

    Nokia Must Cough Up Docs In Motorola-Apple Patent Fight

    A California federal judge on Wednesday denied Nokia Inc.'s bid to withhold licensing documents requested by Apple Inc. for use in fending off Motorola Mobility Inc.'s German lawsuits that allege Apple's iPhone and iPad infringe Motorola's wireless communication patents.

  • May 3, 2012

    Citing Brinker, Judge Denies Cert. In Calif. Meal Break Case

    A California Superior Court judge refused Tuesday to certify a class of Telecom Network Specialists Inc. technicians alleging they were misclassified as contractors and denied meal and rest breaks, in one of the first rulings citing the California Supreme Court's long-awaited decision in Brinker International Inc. v. Superior Court.

  • May 3, 2012

    Markey Wants Mobile Carriers' Police Tracking Data

    Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., on Thursday urged AT&T Inc. and eight other major wireless carriers to reveal their methods for sharing customers' cellphone information with police, citing widespread privacy and constitutional concerns over the transfer of this information without a warrant.

  • May 3, 2012

    Foreign Workers Can't Sue Verizon Over Taxes, Judge Rules

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday gutted a proposed class action foreign employees brought against Verizon Communications Inc., ruling the telecom giant could not be sued for improperly withholding U.S. taxes from pension payments, even if the company did so intentionally.

  • May 3, 2012

    JPMorgan, PE Arm Snap Up €158M Stake In Technicolor

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. and its private investment arm will gobble up €147 million to €158 million ($193.3 million to $207.7 million) in new shares in broadcasting technology provider Technicolor SA, boosting their stake to 25 percent to 30 percent, a Thursday announcement said.

  • May 3, 2012

    Mexico Sets Aside $1B Antitrust Fine Against Telcel

    Mexico’s competition authority has rescinded a $1 billion fine against telecommunications giant America Movil SAB de CV's wireless unit Telcel for alleged monopolistic practices, the agency announced Thursday.

  • May 2, 2012

    Bloomberg Wins FCC Fight Over Comcast Channel Grouping

    The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday that Comcast Corp. had wrongly isolated Bloomberg LP's business network from other news stations in channel listings, violating conditions imposed when the cable giant bought NBCUniversal Inc. last year.

  • May 2, 2012

    FCC Asked To Yank Fox Licenses After Hacking Scandal

    A government watchdog group asked the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday to cancel News Corp.'s Fox broadcast licenses because of "significant character deficiencies," pointing to a recent finding by British lawmakers that top-level executives willfully ignored widespread phone hacking by employees.

  • May 2, 2012

    Microchip Puts Up $939M For Standard Microsystems

    Semiconductor maker Microchip Technology Inc. is taking over industry rival Standard Microsystems Corp. in a $939 million deal that is expected to expand its presence in the automotive and wireless audio sectors, Microchip said Wednesday.

  • May 2, 2012

    Nokia Targets HTC, RIM, Viewsonic In Flurry Of IP Suits

    Nokia Corp. on Wednesday fired off five suits claiming rivals HTC Corp., Research In Motion Ltd. and Viewsonic Corp. have infringed 45 mobile phone patents in courts in Delaware and Germany, and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • May 1, 2012

    2nd Circ. Backs Fee Order Against Nokia In Wireless IP Fight

    The Second Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court's ruling that gave Nokia Corp.’s $500,000 preliminary injunction bond to wireless technology research group InterDigital Inc. in a wireless patent dispute, saying InterDigital's arbitration costs alone justified the award.

  • April 30, 2012

    LightSquared $2B Talks Extended As Falcone Rumors Persist

    Beleaguered LightSquared Inc. on Monday snagged a weeklong extension from lenders to negotiate terms for $2 billion in due debt, a spokesman told Law360, following reports that Harbinger Capital Partners LLC head Philip Falcone may curtail his public role with the wireless network startup.

  • April 30, 2012

    Time Warner Field Technician Drops Class Wage Claims

    A former employee suing Time Warner Cable LLC for underpaying its field technicians dropped class action claims against the company Monday, admitting he was fired for falsifying time records and forging a doctor’s note, making him ill-suited to represent the putative class.

  • April 30, 2012

    Ex-Sales Rep Hits Alaska Telecom Giant With OT Suit

    A former employee of Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. on Monday hit the telecommunications company with a proposed class and collective action in Alaska federal court, accusing it of refusing to pay basic overtime wages to its sales and marketing staff while making millions in profits.

  • April 30, 2012

    ISPs Must Block File-Sharer Pirate Bay, Says UK Court

    A U.K. high court has ordered British Internet service providers to block file sharing site The Pirate Bay following a ruling from the court that the website infringes music copyrights, Britain's music trade association said Monday.

  • April 27, 2012

    FCC OKs Channel Sharing Among TV Broadcasters

    The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules Friday that allow broadcast television stations to share a channel while streaming their own programming, the first step toward opening up broadcast spectrum to other uses.

  • April 27, 2012

    New FCC Rules Force Networks To Post Political Ad Rates

    The Federal Communications Commission on Friday approved new rules requiring broadcast networks and their affiliates to post online public information, including political advertising rates, despite protests from the National Association of Broadcasters.

  • April 27, 2012

    LightSquared Bankruptcy Could Spell Harbinger Head's Ouster

    Harbinger Capital Partners LLC head Philip Falcone is facing pressure from LightSquared Inc. lenders to step down from the wireless network company's board as it seeks an extension on its debt repayment or faces potential bankruptcy, according to news reports Friday.

  • April 27, 2012

    Perkins, Kirkland Rep Intel In $75M Deal For Wireless Patents

    California-based Intel Corp. continued its 2012 spending spree on Thursday, snatching up a $75 million portfolio of wireless technology patents from software maker Aware Inc.