Regulatory

What’s Behind Google’s Broadband Strategy

Is Google (NSDQ: GOOG) planning pricey Potemkin broadband villages? As part of an expensive lobbying move, the search giant last week unveil…

‘TV Everywhere

TV Everywhere, the cable industry

Apple Director Resigns From Google Board

Arthur Levinson is leaving the Google (NSDQ: GOOG) board, the second person to serve on both the Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and Google boards to qui…

IRS Asks Congress To Drop Cellphone Tax

The IRS has asked Congress to abandon a 1989 law that taxes personal cellphone calls that are paid for by a worker

Google Street View Passes UK Privacy Inspection

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has ruled it would be “disproportionate” to outlaw Google’s Street View 360-degree map service be…

Senators Want Authority Over Mobile Spam

Two U.S. senators — Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and Bill Nelson, D-Fla — have introduced an update to the federal CAN-SPAM law to include mobi…

China Approves Airwaves To Be Used For 3G

China’s long-awaited 3G spectrum licenses are one step closer to being issued after China’s cabinet voted on the matter today, Reuters repor…

Google Cools On Yahoo Ad Pact: Report

So much for that idea: WSJ is reporting that Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is losing interest in an ad-pact with Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO). The idea of outso…

700 MHz Auction Draws $2.4 Billion In Bids

The 700 MHz auction has attracted 1,849 bids totaling more than $2.4 billion in its first round, reports RCR News. Naturally, there’s no ind…

Gearing Up For The 700 MHz Auction

Thursday sees the start of the 700 MHz auction in the US, but there’s not going to be much news coming out until it’s finished — the FCC is…

Incumbents Likely To Sweep Spectrum Auction

The incumbent telcos are likely to get most of the interesting licenses at next week’s US spectrum auction, according to analysts in this Do…

Reding Looks At European Roaming Data Charges

After capping international roaming call costs, EU Telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding has set her sights on a few other charges she consid…

Controversy Over Ofcom's Plan For Spectrum

Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) and O2 have attacked Ofcom’s plan to auction off spectrum for 3G services, because it involves taking some of their 900…

FCC Chief Defends Auction: Legally, Must Go On

FCC Chief Kevin Martin has defended the upcoming auction sale against charges that due to the credit crunch it won’t raise the hoped-for amo…

US Analog Networks To Shut Down In 2008

The very systems that launched wireless networks 24 years ago will start going dark as soon as Feb. 18, freeing up more spectrum for digital…

UK To Review Mobile Industry Regulation

UK communications regulator Ofcom will launch an investigation into the country’s mobile phone industry next year, amid worries that in the…

BT On EC Competition Plans: Bring ‘Em On

Nearly every dominant telco in Europe has slammed the recent EU proposal that would carve up their businesses – but not BT, (NYSE: BT) the U…

Mobiles Send Aussie Teens Bankrupt

NSW Fair Trading Minister Linda Burney has said a survey conducted by the Office of Fair Trading showed that three quarters of the teenage r…

Sirius/XM Set Merger Vote; DOJ Wants More Info

While XM (NSDQ: XMSR) and Sirius (NSDQ: SIRI) continue to wait and see whether any of the various regulatory bodies will attempt to block th…

Senators Push for Permanent

New Congress, old issues. On the first day of the new session of Congress, three senators, John McCain (R-AZ), John Sununu (R-NH) and Ron…

The LBOing Of Media Business

Mine is bigger than yours..the LBO’s increasing creep into the media business is analyzed in this WSJ story, in light of the Clear Channel-i…

After Google, Belgians Go After MSN

A month after a Belgian court rules in favor of local newspaper companies against Google, Infoworld reports that MSN is in talks with the ne…

Jobs Knew About Stock Options

Steve Jobs has admitted that he knew of “a few instances” when Apple’s stock options were being backdated by employees. The three-month inte…

FTC Chairman Claims Net Neutrality Authority

In a new angle on the Net Neutrality debate, FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras said the ongoing Congressional debate to force the FCC to ac…