FCC to Verizon: Don't block tethering apps. Verizon settles for $1.25M
BY Stacey Higginbotham Jul 31, 2012
The FCC has come to a settlement with Verizon Wireless that will allow customers of the nation's largest wireless network to use tethering apps from the Android market, and thus circumvent the $20 monthly fee Verizon charges for using a phone as a mobile hot spot.
Verizon customers will soon have the option of downloading Android apps that let them turn their phone into a mobile hotspot -apps that Verizon blocked initially because it didn't want customers circumventing its $20 a month mobile hot spot fee. The FCC has determined that nation's largest wireless carrier was in the wrong in this situation because it had purchased spectrum back in 2008 that required Verizon to allow open access to its network.