Telecommunications Sector

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Dallas County Set to Stop Most Face-to-Face Jail Visits, Charge Families for Video

    Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and prisoner rights advocates are pushing back against a contract that would eliminate face-to-face meetings between prisoners in the county's jails and their visitors. County commissioners are set to vote Tuesday on contract with Securus Technologies, a private com ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 5, 2013
  • News

    March 28, 2013

    Major League Baseball's Screwball Economics

    As another season begins, MLB faces an unsustainable future -- and you’re picking up the tab.

  • Calendar

    December 27, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Is Plano-based Telecom Giant Huawei China's Trojan Horse For Cyber Sleuthing and Warfare?

    If you haven't seen the most recent 60 Minutes piece on the potential threat to U.S. telecommunications infrastructure posed by Plano-based Chinese telecom titan Huawei, watch it. If you have, the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released the results of its investigation Monday, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 1, 2011
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    October 21, 2011

    73-Year-Old Dallas Man Convicted In International Telecom Swindle Worth $60 Mil

    ​Michael Signoretto is 73, and as of today the Dallas man faces up to 40 years in federal prison for his role in defrauding two British telecommunications companies out of of more than $60 million. Signoretto, who was just found guilty by a federal jury, didn't do this alone. He had plenty of co-c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Belo in Fee Dispute With DirecTV, Which is Warning Customers They Could Lose WFAA

    ​Saw this heads-up for the first time last night. As it turns out, according to DirecTV's website, the satellite provider and Belo Corp. are engaged in a tussle over broadcast fees. Belo, which signed its agreement with the carrier in February 2001, says DirecTV isn't paying enough for the rights ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Country Music Television, Time Warner Cable Legal Tussle Lands in Dallas County Courtroom

    ​This morning, Courthouse News directs our attention to a legal dispute playing out in Judge Carlos Cortez's courtroom: Country Music Television v. Time Warner Cable, filed by McKinney Ave. attorney Michael Raiff. The original complaint itself isn't available: All of the available filings in the D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Dish Network Gets Blockbuster For Around $230 Mil in Cash and a Pallet of Junior Mints

    ​The question "Why does Dish Network want Blockbuster?" was asked and answered late last week, though one Friend of Unfair Park suggested, "Twizzlers." Turns out, the Colorado-based Dish wanted it plenty bad -- more than Carl Icahn and the lenders who turned up to take the Renaissance Tower-based ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    On-the-Auction-Block Blockbuster Thinks Amazon, Best Buy, CVS Are Interested

    ​Home Media Magazine directs our attention to this Friday filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, where Renaissance Tower-based Blockbuster filed for Chapter 11 back in September. As we noted last week, Blockbuster's up for sale now, with Monarch Alternative Capital among the interested parti ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 13, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    In Case You Switched Providers in Recent Weeks, Dish Network, FOX Kiss and Make Up

    Dish'ers, you're now free to watch FX's The League again. And if you're not, you should.​That's the word from the Dish Network, which just sent word that, nope, it's not gonna drop regular ol' FOX from its line-up after all. And, matter of fact, those 19 regional sports nets axed on October 1, inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    At Least There's No Need to Put Fireworks on Fair Park's Wish List This Holiday Season

    ​Only a few months ago the city -- really, the Friends of Fair Park -- axed the Fair Park Fourth, because there weren't no money for fireworks. Then, at the last minute, City Hall found the dough in the back pockets of Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Neil and Kenny Goldberg. But that won't be an issue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    You Know Who Doesn't Have the Fastest Mobile Network in Dallas? Hint: It's Based in Dallas.

    ​Two things I probably should replace sooner than later: car and cellphone. Got the former covered. As for the latter, I'm still considering T-Mobile's HTC HD2, a little more this morning than yesterday. That's because, per PC Magazine's just-released survey of the fastest mobile networks, T-Mobil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Fox Sports Southwest, DISH Network Face Off Over Added Dallas Stars Broadcasts

    ​It may take a while to get a response from DISH Network; a spokesperson tells Unfair Park most of its higher-ups are at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. Till we get a response, then, this is Fox Sports Southwest's side of the story.This year, the network upped the number of Dallas Stars ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 3, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Cable Access's iMedia Goes Dark

    ​It's not the most surprising press release to ever arrive in the Unfair Park in-box -- especially given the fact that City Manager Mary Suhm's FY2009-2010 budget cut its funding ($246,000 for last fiscal year, about a third of its annual operating budget). But there it is: Dallas iMedia Network, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 16, 2009
  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Dora's Crying. Mommy, Make it Stop.

    On Page 13A of Your Morning Paper is Dora the Explorer, crying all over a full-page ad that screams: "Time Warner Cable is Taking Dora Off the Air Tonight! Along with 19 of your favorite channels!" Which is a bit of a stretch. Spike? Please. MTV? Since when? 1985? TV Land? Since when? 1966? OK, thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Good Call: Nokia Siemens Is Actually Adding R&D Jobs in the DFW

    Amidst all the gloomy news of local business shutterings of late, this ray of sunshine for folks in the telecom industry: Nokia Siemens Networks has announced the opening of a research-and-development facility in the area that the company's calling "another significant step in further accelerating t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2008

    Time Warner North Texas Ain't Happy With Its Cell Service Either

    On Tuesday morning, we received a rather unremarkable e-mail from Gary Underwood, spokesman for Time Warner Cable North Texas, in which he noted that the company's main customer care telephone number (972-PICK-TWC, and how adorable is that?) was kaputs. Few hours later came another missive: Service ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    Last Night: Kid Rock and Gretchen Wilson At The Granada

    The Recording Academy and T-Mobile present Kid Rock and Gretchen Wilson Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Granada Theater Better Than: Trolling around on facebook all night long, waiting for your friends to finish up their turn in a game of Scrabulous. Last night was the second time I'd attended a Kid Roc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008

    Kid Rock And Gretchen Wilson To Play Granada Tonight...For T-Mobile Customers

    The Recording Academy--you know, the folks behind the Grammy Awards--are throwing a big bash at the Granada tonight in conjunction with some T-Mobile Sidekick promotion. The show will feature normally big-time draws Kid Rock and Gretchen Wilson, either of whom could probably sell out the theater. ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 14, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 26, 2007

    Which is the Best Cell Phone Service in the DFW? What? Can't Hear You.

    In the latest issue of Consumer Reports, exactly 47,629 cell-phone users from around the country responded to a survey ranking their satisfaction with the country's major service providers. Turns out, about half of those polled think their service sucks -- which sounds charitable, y'ask me. Online ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2007
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    September 21, 2007

    Virgin Mobile Had Plenty of Warning a Dallas Family Was About to Sue

    A Virgin Mobile ad not featuring Alison Chang, far as we can tell Late yesterday, the Associated Press shipped the story about how the family of Dallas girl Alison Chang was suing in state district court Australia's Virgin Mobile phone company, claiming the company had used a photo of 16-year-old Al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2007

    Hey, Belo, Maybe It's Time for a Split?

    Yesterday, the Dow Jones-published Barron's suggested that Belo Corp. ought to bite the bullet and just separate its broadcast and newspaper divisions, echoing last week's advice from Citigroup analyst Eileen Furukawa. The way Barron's figures it in this subscription-only story, TV stocks are hot an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2007

    XM's Off a KLIF

    Every time we drive by the old KLIF building -- and former home to the Dallas Observer -- we cry just a little. Some of us likely know we used to call home the former KLIF-AM studios on Commerce Street and Central Expressway, till our former publisher decided, ya know, a sterile Uptown high-rise rea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2007
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    October 3, 2006
  • Blogs

    July 19, 2006

    Who Hoak?

    Ever heard of Hoak Media? No? Me neither. Not till this morning, anyway. It's a Dallas-based broadcasting company that, according to its Web site, acquires and operates TV and radio stations in "small and medium-sized markets...that rank 75 to 200," as ranked by the A.C. Nielsen Company. Hoak Media, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2006
  • Blogs

    May 4, 2006

    Richie Rich Round-Up

    We scour the business pages so you don't have to...and because you don't want to. But let's round 'em up, shall we? In the let-them-eat-cake category, two local businesses reported their first-quarter earnings today, and it doesn't look like biz is bad for the likes of Neiman Marcus and Zale Corp., ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2006
  • Blogs

    April 19, 2006

    Internet Not Good for Everything? C'mon.

    AT&T says it can deliver cable TV via the Internet. Investors are thrilled. Cable companies are worried. One guy isn't worried. At all. One guy says, "The Internet as a delivery mechanism for TV is a joke." Guess who that one guy is. Did you say Mark Cuban? Smartypants. --Robert Wilonsky

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2006

    In the Matter of Kirk v. Klingon

    If I had the time or the interest--or a car I thought could withstand a drive further than 12.8 miles--I might head out to Marshall on Wednesday for what oughta prove an interesting trial that just might have an enormous impact on the satellite and cable TV business. At long last, TiVo v. EchoStar, ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 27, 2005

    Just for Kix?

    Hotel dining in Richardson? About what you'd expect.

  • News

    March 3, 2005


    Mark Cuban, you so smart!

  • News

    January 15, 2004

    Hello, God?

    Get religion from your long-distance carrier

  • News

    October 24, 2002

    The View From the Bottom

    What's it like surviving the telecom bust? Numbers alone don't tell the story.

  • News

    May 18, 2000

    Bill soon due

    Dallas beat the telecoms, but guess who pays the price?

  • News

    May 20, 1999

    Ring Ma Bell

    When heavyweight Southwestern Bell gets into a brawl with AT&T at the Legislature, consumers--that's you--are the ones who get beat up

  • News

    November 21, 1996


    Kevin Massey is no 'cyberstalker.' But when he tangled with another bullheaded loudmouth on the Internet, their 'flame' war spawned a great publicity stunt.

  • News

    February 15, 1996

    Funny money

    Kimberly-Clark gets benevolent with Florida county's cash

  • News

    December 21, 1995
  • News

    August 10, 1995

    The mouse that roared

    How telecommunications deregulation will help Disney--and other media giants--rule the world