Telecommunications

  • March 20, 2007

    Internet Music Broadcasters Protest Royalty Rates

    A widespread group of broadcasters and online programmers has challenged a decision by the Copyright Royalty Board, claiming that it has set excessive royalty rates for streaming Internet music.

  • March 20, 2007

    Senators Question Sirius, XM Merger

    Competition from sources such as broadcasting and downloaded music should mitigate concerns about the anti-competitive effects of a proposed merger between Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., media executives told U.S. senators on Tuesday.

  • March 19, 2007

    Nokia Files Suits Against Qualcomm In Europe

    Mobile phone company Nokia Corp. has filed patent exhaustion cases against Qualcomm Inc. in Germany and the Netherlands, the latest move in the ongoing battle over cell phone chip patents.

  • March 19, 2007

    Satellite Radio Sued Over Subscriber Count

    Satellite radio operator WorldSpace, Inc. and underwriters UBS Securities LLC and Cowen & Co. LLC have been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit for allegedly inflating the company’s stock price by artificially pumping up its subscription base.

  • March 14, 2007

    Executives Bow Out Of Scandal-Addled Juniper

    Telecommunications equipment provider Juniper Networks disclosed on Tuesday the departure of executives Robert Dykes and Robert Sturgeon in the wake of its ongoing stock option backdating fiasco and its recent annual report filing.

  • March 13, 2007

    Cap Wireless Emerges Unscathed From Patent Row

    Cap Wireless, an amplifier subsystems designer, can breathe a sigh of relief now that a U.S. District Court has granted it summary judgment of noninfringement after an 18-month patent wrangling over communications technology with rival Wavestream Corp.

  • March 9, 2007

    Motorola Settles Sex Bias Suit

    On the eve of what promised to be explosive testimony from Motorola Inc.’s chief executive, the cell phone company on Thursday reached a settlement with a former high-ranking female executive who claimed she was fired because of her gender.

  • March 6, 2007

    FCC Unveils Controversial Cable Rules

    Advancing its fight against rising cable prices, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday published new rules designed to encourage competition in local cable markets by relaxing laws for cable franchise acquisitions.

  • March 5, 2007

    Virgin Media, BSkyB Feud May Fly Into High Court

    Fueling the battle between Britain’s top two media conglomerates, Virgin Media has threatened to take British Sky Broadcasting to the United Kingdom High Court if their dispute over the price of certain channels is not resolved in 30 days.

  • March 5, 2007

    Swisscom Faces New Probe Over Internet Fees

    Swisscom faces fresh troubles less than a month after being fined for overcharging customers for mobile phone termination fees. Switzerland’s competition watchdog has reportedly launched a probe into whether the state-owned telecom group overcharged competitors for high-speed Internet access.

  • March 5, 2007

    Granite Files Amended Reorganization Plan

    Bankrupt media company Granite Broadcasting Corp. has filed its first amended joint plan of reorganization and its related disclosure statement, which provide a valuation for the company of more than $500 million.

  • March 2, 2007

    BBC Signs Content Partnership Deal With YouTube

    Internet video site YouTube and British Broadcasting Corp., along with its global media division BBC Worldwide, said Friday that they have entered into a partnership agreement to provide BBC content on YouTube.

  • March 1, 2007

    Sirius, XM Named In Two Patent Infringement Cases

    In the wake of their recent merger announcement, both XM Satellite Radio Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. have been named in two separate patent infringement suits.

  • February 28, 2007

    BSkyB Offers Free Channels To Virgin In Media Fight

    British Sky Broadcasting Group offered a solution to its current squabble with Virgin Media on Tuesday, proposing that it offer basic channels, such as Sky One and Sky Sports News to Virgin customers at no cost.

  • February 28, 2007

    Sirius CEO Testifies Before Congress On Merger

    Continuing his efforts to get approval for a Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. union, Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin testified to Congress on Wednesday that the merger would not lead to less choice or higher costs.

  • February 27, 2007

    BSkyB's Move On ITV To Get Stepped-Up Scrutiny

    In an unprecedented move by the British government, the U.K. trade department has launched an investigation into whether British Sky Broadcasting Group’s acquisition of ITV plc shares raises competition issues in the U.K. television market.

  • February 27, 2007

    ITC Orders Stay of Qualcomm Suit Against Nokia

    The U.S. International Trade Commission investigation into patent infringement by cell phone giant Nokia Corp., initiated by Qualcomm Inc., has been stayed by the administrative law judge, Nokia said Tuesday.

  • February 26, 2007

    Telecom Duel Detween Germany, E.C. Heats Up

    The European Commission has launched expedited infringement proceedings against Germany over legislation it says defies its 2003 order directing dominant telecom companies to open their networks to competition.

  • February 27, 2007

    EchoStar, DirecTV Settle Internet Search Dispute

    Satellite cable television providers EchoStar Satellite LLC and DirecTV Inc. said Monday that they had settled a dispute that raised questions about the legality of purchasing trademarked names as keywords for Internet searches.

  • February 23, 2007

    Virgin, Sky Fight Over Price Of TV Channels

    Media moguls Richard Branson and Rupert Murdoch clashed on Friday, after Branson’s Virgin Media accused Murdoch’s British Sky Broadcasting of artificially inflating prices for several television channels in an attempt to steer customers towards its Sky Digital satellite service.