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March 1, 2007 | Jim Puzzanghera, Times Staff Writer
Despite vowing not to raise their prices, the nation's only two satellite radio providers found their proposed merger to be a tough sell Wednesday on Capitol Hill. "You've got some high hurdles to overcome, don't you think?" House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) told Mel Karmazin, chief executive of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. Karmazin, who would run the new company if federal regulators approve Sirius' proposed merger with XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.
September 28, 2006 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles couple facing about $379,000 in toll road fees and penalties have filed a lawsuit against an Orange County transportation agency, alleging that it violated their constitutional rights by not allowing them to contest the debt.
August 9, 2006 | Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge Tuesday ruled that Major League Baseball and its players' union can't force the operator of a St. Louis-based fantasy sports league to pay licensing fees for baseball statistics used in its business. U.S. Magistrate Mary Ann L. Medler, in a 49-page decision, said that C.B.C. Distribution and Marketing Inc. didn't need a license to operate its fantasy baseball business because MLB players are public figures and statistics from big-league games are in the public domain.
August 3, 2006 | Thomas S. Mulligan and Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writers
In a move that marks a watershed moment for the Internet, AOL, which made millions of dollars connecting consumers to the information superhighway, will soon be free. The service, which lured millions of people to the Internet for the first time and was the driver behind history's biggest media merger, will drop access fees for anyone with a high-speed connection beginning in September, AOL's parent company, Time Warner Inc., announced Wednesday.
June 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Targeting a top gripe by cellphone users and breaking ranks with its industry, Verizon Wireless plans to prorate the fee it charges subscribers who break a contract so they only pay an amount proportional to the time left on their agreements. The change in the early termination fee will be implemented this fall for new customers and Verizon Wireless subscribers who sign a new contract, the company said Wednesday. The company, owned jointly by New York-based Verizon Communications Inc.
October 22, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Yahoo Inc. said it would raise the price for its Music Unlimited subscription service by 72% for users who transfer songs to portable music players. The monthly subscription price will rise on Nov. 1 to $11.99 a month from $6.99 a month. The increase brings the cost closer to the $14.99-a-month prices of offerings from RealNetworks Inc. and Napster Inc.
May 21, 2005 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Two toll increases for the popular 91 Express Lanes -- already one of the most expensive toll roads in the nation -- will increase the cost of a round trip at peak times to almost $12. Starting next week, the toll for an eastbound trip will increase from $7 to $7.75, between 4 and 6 p.m. on Thursdays and between 4 and 5 p.m. on Fridays. The toll will rise from $6.25 to $7 for eastbound trips between 5 and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.
March 10, 2005 | Richard Simon, Times Staff Writer
With traffic congestion growing worse -- and state and federal budgets as red as the brake lights from cars backed up on a Los Angeles freeway -- Congress is moving toward relaxing a decades-old restriction on tolls on interstate highways. The legislation, backed by the Bush administration, would give states greater authority to impose tolls to reduce gridlock. These charges could be levied to raise money for new highway construction.
February 7, 2005 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
With many of EBay Inc.'s most faithful sellers in revolt over a rate hike, the online auctioneer said Sunday that it would lower one type of seller fee starting today. If that's supposed to be a peace offering, sellers aren't buying it. The fee break is on the cost of listing an auction item on the site, from 30 cents to 25 cents. But there's a catch -- it applies only to listings that start bidding at 99 cents or less, which are usually for items such as used CDs.
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