October 4, 2002 Exciting times atthe http://www.dot.state.az.us/news/school/adopt/adopt.htm constructionsite. The second to last batch of flat pre-cast panels for the secondfloor is being lifted into place. The panels were cast on a layer offine silt visible here under this panel in motion. [Photo: Nadia Begin& text: SA] One of the panels isguided into place. [Photo: Nadia Begin & text: SA] Once in place, eachpanel is secured with a set of braces until the planned poured-in-placewall next to it will keep the set of walls secured permanently. [Photo:Nadia Begin & text: SA]
The rise in the cost of English Premier League rights as a result of BT’s entry into the market could have implications for BSkyB’s coverage of other sports, according to Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis.Speaking at the Leaders in Football conference held at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium, Francis said that the inflation in Premier League costs would be absorbed principally by cost savings elsewhere. However, in remarks reported by the Guardian newspaper website, he said that the company may have to “tighten our belts” on its coverage of some other sports.He said that Sky’s decision not to bid for Premiership Rugby, the rights to which are also held by BT, was one example of this.
Liberty Global CEO, Mike Fries.There is still growth potential in Europe, according to Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries, claiming that consolidation in the European cable and telecoms markets will continue.Speaking to the Financial Times, Fries pointed to the opportunities in the competitive mobile sector in Europe, claiming that “the consumer wins when networks and infrastructure come together across borders.”Earlier this year Liberty was in early-stage deal negotiations with Vodafone, but the mobile operator said in September that talks about a possible exchange of “selected assets” had been terminated.However, hinting that deal talks could be revived, Fries told the FT that while there is nothing happening at the moment “we never say never.”The comments come a week after Liberty agreed to buy Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) for £3.5 billion (€5.0 billion) in what it described as a “watershed” move to expand its presence in the Caribbean and Latin America.Earlier this month Liberty Global and Discovery Communications each said they will take 3.4% stakes in production firm Lionsgate Entertainment.
The European Union has opened an investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices by Broadcom. The commission will assess whether Broadcom has enforced exclusivity agreements to leverage its position and block competitors. In particular, the investigation will look at Broadcom chipsets for set-top boxes and modems. While the investigation is ongoing, the EU says that it intends to impose ‘interim measures’ to ban the alleged exclusivity.In its statement, the commission said that the gathered information indicates that Broadcom’s practices may include: setting exclusive purchasing obligations; granting rebates or other advantages conditioned on exclusivity or minimum purchase requirements; product bundling; abusive IP-related strategies; and deliberately degrading interoperability between Broadcom products and other products.Margrethe Vestager, commissioner in charge of competition policy, said: “TV set-top boxes and modems are part of our daily lives, for both work and for leisure. We suspect that Broadcom, a major supplier of components for these devices, has put in place contractual restrictions to exclude its competitors from the market. This would prevent Broadcom’s customers and, ultimately, final consumers from reaping the benefits of choice and innovation. “We also intend to order Broadcom to halt its behaviour while our investigation proceeds, to avoid any risk of serious and irreparable harm to competition.”In response to the allegations, Broadcom wrote a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that said the company “believes it complies with European competition rules and that the commission’s concerns are without merit.”This is not the only regulatory scrutiny facing Broadcom. The company is also under investigation from the FTC in the US over similar anti-competitive practices with its Wi-Fi and Ethernet chips.The commission said that investigation will be carried out “as a matter of priority”.