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FCC Forces Verizon To Allow Free Tethering, Levies Fine

Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest mobile phone carrier network, has been ordered to pay a 1.26 million dollar settlement to the FCC for violating terms of agreement.

Back in March, Verizon purchased unused airwaves to expand its wireless network from Time Warner, Cox Communications, and Brighthouse Networks LLC.

The FCC allowed Verizon to purchase the airwaves so long as the carrier agreed to improve upon wireless innovation and more openness towards its consumers.

According to the FCC, Verizon violated the terms of agreement by asking Google to block all tethering apps within its Google Play store and for charging its customers for the use of tethering.

With the FCC ruling, Verizon Wireless customers are free to use tethering apps from the Google Play store and will not be charged to tether if they are on unlimited data plans.

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New York Times
Wall Street Journal Online