FCC to Verizon: No More Forcing Customers to Pay $20 for Tethering

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The FCC and Verizon have settled a dispute today that involved the carrier charging subscribers $20 for tethering plans. Those users were not allowed to work around that fee as the career worked to block such apps and required that those wanting tethering pay up.

Here’s the problem: Verizon apparently owns a portion of the wireless spectrum at 700Mhz. Picking that up meant that Verizon had “to allow customers to freely use the devices and the applications of their choosing.” They broke that rule, and that was in violation of an FCC regulation.

According to reports, the carrier also paid a $1.25 million fine. Now if only AT&T could have the same sort of luck…just sayin’.

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