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BUSINESS
March 23, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday eased rules on wireless Internet services sold by telecommunications companies including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. The wireless broadband order frees Internet access on hand-held devices from "commercial mobile radio service" rules that apply to wireless telephone services.
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BUSINESS
March 22, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Sprint Nextel Corp. is adding satellite navigation to its wireless data plans to set itself apart from competitors. The service, which provides driving directions and help locate businesses, will be included in plans starting at $20 a month, along with Internet browsing, digital radio and streaming video, the Reston, Va.-based company said. Rivals AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless sell navigation separately from other services for $9.99 a month, an option Sprint also offers.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2007 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
MORE than a few obstacles stand in the way of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's plan, unveiled with some fanfare last month, to blanket all 498 square miles of Los Angeles with wireless Internet access by 2009.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A judge has halted legal proceedings in one of Qualcomm Inc.'s complaints that Nokia Corp. violated its wireless-technology patents. The move came as a deadline neared for the two companies to renew a high-stakes licensing agreement. Administrative Law Judge Robert L. Barton Jr. of the U.S. International Trade Commission gave no explanation for the indefinite delay in his two-sentence written order. A trial in the patent dispute had been scheduled to begin Monday.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Leap Wireless International Inc., operator of the Cricket and Jump mobile-phone services, reported a loss in the fourth quarter as it spent more to expand its coverage area. Its shares rose on Leap's subscriber forecast. The net loss was $39.4 million, or 60 cents a share, compared with profit of $4.95 million, or 8 cents, a year earlier, San Diego-based Leap said. Sales rose 37% to $314.5 million, topping the $312.8-million average estimate of analysts in a Bloomberg poll.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
AT&T Inc.'s wireless unit, Cingular Wireless, said Wednesday that it had completed its two-year, $1.3-billion investment to expand and enhance service in Greater Los Angeles. The wireless unit, being renamed AT&T, built 257 new cell sites in the area last year -- 560 over two years -- and enhanced network capacity. Cingular said much of the beefed-up coverage was in metropolitan Los Angeles, the area around Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza and parts of the Inland Empire from Temecula to Hesperia.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2007 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
Southern California Edison Co. is taking a first step toward supporting municipal wireless Internet networks after holding up such projects in cities throughout the region for more than 18 months. The state's second-largest power utility has agreed to let EarthLink Inc. build a small network using Edison streetlights in Santa Ana as part of a wider-ranging trial of wireless gear. "This is long overdue," said Esme Vos of MuniWireless.com, an authority on such high-speed wireless projects.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The jockeying to bring the most popular names from TV and the Web to cellphones produced another exclusive deal Thursday with Verizon Wireless nabbing a multiyear agreement to offer ESPN's flashy feed of sports scores, newscasts and video highlights on the tiny screen. The plan to revive Mobile ESPN -- initially born as a full-blown cellphone company that would compete with big players such as Verizon before Burbank-based Walt Disney Co.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Verizon Wireless added 2.3 million customers, most of them prized monthly subscribers, to put a shine on a fourth quarter in which Verizon Communications Inc.'s profit was cut by restructuring costs. In reporting the 38% drop in quarterly profit Monday, Verizon Communications emphasized that growth in its DSL and new FiOS Internet businesses had outpaced the loss of traditional telephone customers. In the final three months of 2006, Verizon earned $1.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2007 | From the Associated Press
EarthLink Inc. and Google Inc. have finalized a four-year deal to provide free wireless Internet service throughout San Francisco after seven months of sometimes-tense negotiations that stalled the city's effort to ensure all its residents, visitors and businesses have easy access to the Web. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom signed off on the contract Friday, but the details still require the approval of the city's Board of Supervisors and Public Utilities Commission.
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