Verizon fined $1.25 million by the FCC over tethering app removal
posted by Scott H. / Jul 31, 2012, 3:21 PM
While the FCC doesn’t much care about the “unlimited plan” part (that sort of marketing fluff is inevitably undercut by wording in the actual contract that you sign), Verizon at least did run afoul of FCC rules in their zeal to force you to pay them an extra $20 a month. They required Google to yank several tethering apps from the Android Market (as it was called back then) when accessed by Verizon phones, and punished some users who side-loaded tethering apps. Google complied, but savvy users noted that this violated the open access requirements that Verizon agreed to when they purchased their C Block bandwidth a few years ago. Specifically the part that reads:
As a result of the violation, the FCC fined Verizon $1.25 million, and is requiring the creation of a compliance team at Verizon to ensure that their network policies don’t violate FCC rules in the future. Of course now Verizon is essentially forcing everyone off of unlimited plans, and has stopped charging for tethering with the advent of their share-everything plans.
So in the end consumers don’t get much more than satisfaction out of this ruling – unless the new compliance group really does stop Verizon from being so overbearing with their app rules. Given the weak slap-on-the-wrist impact of a million dollars and change to Big Red’s bottom line, we doubt they will think twice about making a change if they think it will help their bottom line, regardless of what the FCC thinks.
source : FCC via The Verge
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It's progress. Maybe this will make the "BIG" carriers, HECK all carriers think twice about pulling fast ones on their customers. Now if the FCC could do something about those prices. lol Wishful thinking on my part. lol
posted on Jul 31, 2012, 3:33 PM 7
How is it a fast one? People tether their data connections and abuse it. That is why unlimited data is as dead as the dodo. You signed a contract to use their service for the phone you sound under and agreed to. If you want to share your data connection then you should pony up and pay for it.
posted on Aug 01, 2012, 2:56 AM 0
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Unlimited data is dead because Carriers needed another source of revenue. Carriers can and will throttle users that abuse their network. I'm not an ill customer I pay for unlimited smartphone data plus unlimited hotspot data!
posted on Aug 01, 2012, 9:14 AM 1
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If i am paying for data to come to my phone then what I do with it when it gets there is my bussines and no one elses. If the phone has capabilities to send the single elsewhere then I should be able too. I did not sign a contract that says i purchsed this to use this way and only this way show me where in the contract it says that buddy
posted on Aug 02, 2012, 2:42 PM 1
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$1.25M is pennies for Verizon.
posted on Jul 31, 2012, 3:33 PM 9
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Verizon can certainly afford this. In fact, they can even afford AT&T's payoff to T-Mobile for botching their buy-out.
posted on Jul 31, 2012, 4:13 PM 4
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Does anyone know if this in turn can be used as the basis for consumers to advocate or pursue civil action to recoup fees and costs that were then charged to them by Verizon in lieu of using the built in tethering feature back in the day?
posted on Jul 31, 2012, 3:39 PM 2
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So, Verizon knew it couldn't charge it's customers for Wi-Fi tethering?. This explain why they got rid of the unlimited data plan!!.. This is so wrong!.
posted on Jul 31, 2012, 4:21 PM 2
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t-mobile still pulls that BS...i wonder why they let them do that.
posted on Jul 31, 2012, 5:48 PM 0
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I may be wrong, but from what I remember it only applies to Verizon. When the FCC auctioned off the bandwith verizon won the bid on "block c". Fortunately, Google had a had in establishing some of the guidelines that must be followed while using block C spectrum (see reference in article ). ... block C only holds verizon's LTE network and not their 3g. So I guess technically only their 4g LTE network comes with no tampering but their 3g is fair game.
posted on Aug 01, 2012, 1:15 AM 0
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If it was illegal for Verizon to charge for tethering, why are they not forced to reimburse everyone who paid for the service? They, no doubt, made much more than $1.25 million from this. Also, does this mean that current unlimited data plans should now be able to tether without being charged?
posted on Jul 31, 2012, 8:59 PM 2
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FoxFi: check EasyTether USB sideloaded: check Unlimited Data: check Imminent 4G LTE in my area: check Big grin on face: check
posted on Aug 01, 2012, 1:25 AM 2
Verizon can cut your service off at any time for unauthorized usage: Check
posted on Aug 01, 2012, 2:57 AM 0
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I pay for Verizons hotspot feature but was using PDAnet and FOXFi for a little while because verizons hotspot hot software issues. With ice cream sandwich update for droid razr maxx that fixed the hotspot issue.
posted on Aug 01, 2012, 9:21 AM 1
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