Telecommunications

  • April 12, 2007

    European Parliament Panel OK's Mobile Roaming Cap

    A European Commission proposal to cap roaming charges for international mobile phone calls gained momentum Thursday when the European Parliament’s Industry Committee voted in favor of the measure.

  • April 12, 2007

    Virgin Media Delivers On Threat Against BSkyB

    True to its word, Virgin Media has decided to take British Sky Broadcasting to the U.K. High Court as the dispute over the price of certain channels between the top British media conglomerates continues to rage.

  • April 11, 2007

    Exec Found Guilty In Penny Stock Fraud

    A former telecom executive who bilked investors out of $15 million has been found guilty by a district court in New Jersey.

  • April 10, 2007

    Echostar Targeted In Suit Over Satellite Patent

    Echostar Communications Corp. has been hit with a lawsuit accusing the satellite television service of infringing a patent covering a system which permits multiple viewers to view satellite broadcasting through a single antenna.

  • April 10, 2007

    Cell Phone Giants Sued By Australian Company

    An Australian patent-holding company on Monday sued a group of cellular phone giants for allegedly stealing digital technology invented more than a decade ago by three Australian scientists.

  • April 9, 2007

    Charter Sues Irell Over Alleged Mistakes In Cable Deal

    Cable operator Charter Communications has targeted law firm Irell & Manella in a $150 million malpractice suit for allegedly making a number of “critical errors” in wrapping up a 1999 cable TV acquisition.

  • April 9, 2007

    Outstanding Women: Marybeth Peters

    About 40 years ago, Marybeth Peters took a job at the U.S. Library of Congress, and inadvertently discovered a passion for copyright law. Now, as the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, she shapes contentious decisions on the rights of artists, broadcasters, salesmen and consumers.

  • April 4, 2007

    Examiner Report Criticizes Granite CEO, Board

    An examiner of bankrupt Granite Broadcasting Corp. has found that company founder and CEO W. Don Cornwell and the company’s board may be susceptible to claims of breaching their fiduciary duty.

  • April 4, 2007

    Adelphia Bondholders Come Up Short Again

    A federal judge has dashed the hopes of Adelphia Communications Corp.’s bondholders, who had been seeking to challenge the cable provider’s reorganization plan in order to score an additional $250 million payout.

  • April 4, 2007

    Report Slams Sirius XM Merger

    Allowing Sirius and XM satellite radio providers to unite would give rise to an 800-pound media gorilla capable of stifling potential competition, give consumers and content providers far less choice and set a number of bad precedents, a research group has said.

  • April 3, 2007

    Qualcomm Files Two New Patent Suits Against Nokia

    Cell phone chip maker Qualcomm Inc. filed two new patent infringement suits against Finnish phone manufacturer Nokia Corp. in separate U.S. federal courts on Monday, claiming Nokia’s GSM/GPRS/EDGE phones infringe five of Qualcomm’s patents.

  • March 30, 2007

    Judge OK's DOJ Approval Of Telecom Mergers

    A federal judge gave final approval on Thursday to consent decrees negotiated by the U.S. Department of Justice over two major 2005 telecom mergers, agreeing that both settlements were in the public interest.

  • March 29, 2007

    Germany Disagrees With E.C. On Telecom Bill

    The European Commission has reportedly received a letter from Germany’s government that takes issues with the Commission’s interpretation of German legislation as allowing Deutsche Telekom AG to defy E.U. regulations directing dominant telecom companies to open up their networks to competition.

  • March 29, 2007

    Sirius, XM Merger Would Create Monopoly: Study

    A merger between the only two satellite radio providers in the U.S. would constitute a monopoly under the most reasonable market definition, according to a study released Thursday.

  • March 26, 2007

    Samsung and InterDigital Duel Over 3G Phones

    InterDigital Communications Corp. filed complaints with the U.S. International Trade Commission and in a federal court in Delaware on Friday against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. for allegedly infringing three patents for 3G cellular phone handsets.

  • March 23, 2007

    XM Faces More Litigation Over Music Copyrights

    A music industry association sued XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. on Thursday for being out of tune with copyright law by allegedly letting users reproduce and distribute copyrighted music without paying royalties.

  • March 23, 2007

    Judge Bars Cablevision From Launching RS-DVR

    In a blow to Cablevision System Corp., a federal judge on Thursday barred the cable company from launching a digital video recorder that would allow users to record and store programming on the company’s network instead of their cable boxes.

  • March 22, 2007

    Sirius, XM Promise Lower Prices, More Choice

    A merger between Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings would provide a wider menu of programming choices at lower prices, Sirius said Tuesday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

  • March 22, 2007

    Broadcom Asks ITC To Ban Qualcomm Phones

    Despite dropping patent claims against each other in district court, Broadcom Corp. and Qualcomm Inc. continue to wage their battle in front of the International Trade Commission, with Broadcom urging a government panel to bar imports of cell phones with Qualcomm chips that infringe on its patents.

  • March 21, 2007

    Board Will Rehear Internet Music Royalty Case

    In response to motions filed by online music broadcasters and programmers, the Library of Congress Copyright Royalty Board has agreed to rehear certain parts of its decision to raise royalty rates.