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  • Bankruptcy court approves WorldCom interim financing

    Posted July 23, 2002 - 9:37 am

    A U.S. court has given bankrupt telecommunication carrier WorldCom Inc. approval for an interim financing plan that should ensure the company continues operations and is able to pay staff.
  • VeriSign hit with second unfair practices suit

    Posted July 22, 2002 - 9:52 am

    Leading domain name registrar VeriSign Inc. was hit with a second lawsuit alleging that the company has engaged in unfair marketing practices in an attempt to snag its rivals' customers.
  • Forgent claims JPEG patent; others cry foul

    Posted July 19, 2002 - 11:30 am

    Forgent Networks Inc. announced last week that it holds the patent to the JPEG image compression technology, for both color and black and white images, and intends to license it to a variety of manufacturers.
  • EC clamps down on excessive roaming charges

    Posted July 19, 2002 - 11:13 am

    The European Commission will take "concrete action" against German and U.K. mobile telecommunications operators for what it believes are excessive roaming charges, a spokesman said on Friday.
  • EU won't legislate DRM, US lawmakers locked in debate

    Posted July 17, 2002 - 5:02 pm

    While European lawmakers face many of the same issues as their U.S. counterparts in developing digital copyright legislation, members of the European Parliament said they will not mandate digital rights management specifications, opting instead to let the market develop its own standards.
  • FCC sets rules for how carriers share customer data

    Posted July 17, 2002 - 1:22 pm

    The FCC set forth new rules this week on how telecommunications carriers can share certain customer information, giving telecom-related service providers a faster track to consumer data.
  • U.K. regulator dismisses call to break up BT

    Posted July 17, 2002 - 10:45 am

    The U.K. national telecommunication regulator, the Office of Telecommunications (Oftel), on Wednesday rejected the idea of breaking up British Telecommunications PLC to promote competition in the U.K. broadband market.
  • Cable and Wireless slaps Akamai with new patent suit

    Posted July 16, 2002 - 2:36 pm

    In an extended brawl over patent rights, Cable and Wireless PLC (C&W) said Tuesday that it filed suit against Akamai Technologies Inc. for infringing on a new patent it attained relating to content delivery networks.
  • FCC chairman doubts stoppage in WorldCom services

    Posted July 16, 2002 - 2:27 pm

    Despite the distinct possibility that distressed telecommunications giant WorldCom Inc. may enter bankruptcy soon, the chairman of the FCC said he doesn't foresee an interruption in the company's long distance and Internet services in the near future.
  • FCC may allow a Baby Bell to accquire WorldCom

    Posted July 15, 2002 - 4:14 pm

    Faced with the possibility that 20 million customers in the U.S. could soon be left without telecommunications services, the chairman of the FCC may allow a Baby Bell telephone company to acquire ailing long-distance and Internet service provider WorldCom Inc.
  • Germany slams brakes on local loop competition

    Posted July 12, 2002 - 1:13 pm

    The German upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, decided Friday not to approve an amendment to the national telecommunication bill that would have created greater competition in local telephone networks, a spokeswoman for the Bundesrat said.
  • CA sues Quest for source code theft

    Posted July 10, 2002 - 5:08 pm

    Computer Associates International Inc. is suing Quest Software Inc. and four of its employees for copyright infringement and theft of proprietary software code.
  • Civil liberties group says cable could close Internet

    Posted July 10, 2002 - 1:37 pm

    The openness of the Internet is in danger of being compromised by cable companies that offer high-speed broadband services, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, and the U.S. government must act to protect the Internet's freedom of communication from these monopolies.
  • US Attorney notifies Qwest of criminal investigation

    Posted July 10, 2002 - 11:18 am

    The United States Attorney's office in Denver Tuesday notified Qwest Communications International Inc. that it has begun a criminal investigation into the company.
  • EU conditionally approves Telia buy of Sonera

    Posted July 10, 2002 - 9:39 am

    The European Commission has granted Swedish telecommunication company Telia AB conditional clearance to buy its Finnish rival Sonera Corp., marking the first European Union competition ruling on a merger of two former state-owned telephone carriers.
  • Bush's plan cracks down on corporate fraud

    Posted July 9, 2002 - 3:46 pm

    U.S. President George W. Bush on Tuesday lent his voice to the recent demands for reform in business practices, calling for a new set of corporate ethics backed by harsher criminal punishment for those who commit corporate fraud and for greater transparency in accounting methods.
  • EC adopts guidelines on telecommunication regulation

    Posted July 9, 2002 - 1:23 pm

    The European Commission today adopted guidelines on market analysis and the assessment of so-called significant market power in the telecommunications industry.
  • Falun Gong group hijacked satellite, China says

    Posted July 9, 2002 - 11:35 am

    A spiritual movement that is banned in China, Falun Gong, hijacked a Chinese government-owned communications satellite in June, disrupting television broadcasts on 19 channels for eight days, regulators said Monday.
  • EU receives complaints over telecom competition

    Posted July 9, 2002 - 11:15 am

    Five of Europe's large telecommunication companies have written to the European Commissioner for Competition, Mario Monti, complaining about "methodological anti-competitive behavior" by former telecommunication monopolies in the market for local telecommunication services in Europe.
  • WorldCom execs remain mum during House hearing

    Posted July 9, 2002 - 9:54 am

    A U.S. House of Representatives committee held a hearing Monday in a bid to uncover answers about WorldCom Inc.'s alleged $3.9 billion accounting fraud. But with two WorldCom executives exercising Fifth Amendment rights, lawmakers were left trying to piece together who was responsible for the company's financial misstatements by questioning witnesses close to the company.
  • EU invites complaints over telecom competition

    Posted July 8, 2002 - 12:08 pm

    The European Commission wants telecommunication operators to speak up with their complaints about incumbent operators' dominance of the telecommunication local loop, Competition Commissioner Mario Monti said Monday.
  • Qwest reorganizes, appoints new CFO

    Posted July 8, 2002 - 10:55 am

    Out goes one team, in comes another as Qwest Communications International Inc. fights to get back on track.
  • Qwest says no knowledge of DOJ probe

    Posted July 8, 2002 - 9:51 am

    Qwest Communications International Inc. has said it has no reason to believe that it is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice, as was reported in the Wall Street Journal.
  • Monitor appointed in WorldCom case, trial in March

    Posted July 5, 2002 - 10:16 am

    A United States federal judge appointed former SEC Chairman Richard Breeden as corporate monitor in the civil fraud case against WorldCom Inc. on Wednesday. The case should be ready for trial by March 31.
  • More accounting shocks may be on the way

    Posted July 5, 2002 - 9:52 am

    Since WorldCom Inc.'s revelation last week of the largest accounting deception in corporate history, company after company has come forward admitting to bookkeeping irregularities and management crises, and the flood is unlikely to end soon. With a corporate earnings season beginning and increasing pressure from politicians and regulators, the next few months will be a prime time for further disclosures.

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