G8 Gallery project proposal nixed as partnership bid abandoned

G8 Summit officials have cancelled their proposal to build an online gallery associated with the event because no company stepped up with a suitable proposal. Those organizing the event called for expressions of interest last April by companies interesting in building a virtual gallery of art and furniture objects being featured at this week’s summit in Alberta (CNM, May 1/02). However, they have apparently abandoned the project as no qualified applicants stepped forward.

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Lawsuit to test journalistic use of images taken from Quebec singer’s web site

The lawyer acting for up-and-coming pop singer Mia Girard (who goes by her first name only) says fair dealing provisions built into copyright law won’t get TQS Inc. off the hook for the unauthorized use of nude pictures of the chanteuse. Mia is suing the Quebec broadcast network and the producers of its info-tainment show Flash for several hundred thousand dollars for damage done to her reputation in an interview broadcast interspersed with pictures originally posted to her web site of her in the altogether.

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U.S. Senate delays auction of majority of 700 MHz band
The U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives have passed a bill delaying the auction of the 700 MHz band that was to have begun on June 19. Wrangling over numerous issues, however, has allowed for a partial sale. Eighteen MHz of the band will be auctioned off later this summer. Stipulations in the bill also remove deadlines for the auction of the upper 700 MHz band as well as other frequencies such as the 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz bands. The Federal Communications Commission will now have to report to Congress on its DTV transition and 3G plans. Many large carriers chose not to participate in this auction because of uncertainty surrounding the eventual availability of the spectrum.

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Unique Broadband Systems Inc. has made two senior-level appointments. John Kennedy has been named CFO and Gerald McGoey as its CEO. Kennedy joins UBS after holding senior-level financial management positions with several companies including Brookfield Properties Corp. and Deloitte & Touche. McGoey will also continue in his role of executive chair of the company’s board of directors, a position he took on at its AGM in March.

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Telus Mobility to launch financial service from Forbes
Telus Mobility has signed an agreement with SmartServ Online Inc. to introduce the Forbes.com Wireless Powered by SmartServ financial service in Canada. The service will provide real-time access to Canadian and U.S. stock market information. Other services included are index information, timed notifications, symbol search and a currency converter. Forbes.com Wireless Powered by SmartServ will be available on a wide variety of web-enabled handsets. Users will pay on a pay-per-use basis.

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10 Years of Telecom Competition Conference –

Wireless growing rapidly in European market, telecom conference is told

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10 Years of Telecom Competition Conference –

Wireless significant driver behind telecom change, but troubles may lie ahead

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Opposition to Telus Mobility ESMR petition widespread among industry players

Telus Mobility’s plan to cap spectrum used for its Mike services at 10 MHz in the calculation of its spectrum aggregation limit no matter how much it actually holds is coming under heavy fire from its competitors, which believe such a move would confer an unfair competitive advantage on Telus over themselves. Comments from several industry players, in response to DGTP-003-02, centre on a few key points claiming that Telus doesn’t warrant special treatment for its Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio (ESMR) spectrum holdings (RoW, June 11/02).

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Potential battle shaping up between Canada and U.S. over satellite spectrum

Canada and the United States could be headed for a battle over valuable, soon-to-be-released satellite spectrum, as both countries vie for the spectrum in the same satellite orbital slot. Spectrum regulatory bodies from both countries have applied for access to the broadcasting-satellite services (BSS) band (17.3-17.8 GHz) in the 91 degrees west orbital position – a position currently occupied by broadcasting satellite Nimiq, which is owned and operated by Telesat Canada. The Federal Communications Commission, itself, has filed for access to nine positions.

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