Verizon Agrees to Stop blocking Tethering Apps – FCC

Verizon has settled with the FCC regarding its blocking of tethering apps, like PDA Net. Verizon agreed to pay the FCC $1.25 million for the FCC to end isn’t investigation. According to the FCC; Verizon Wireless offers customers its 4G LTE service on C Block spectrum. Verizon Wireless bid at auction to acquire that spectrum, understanding that it was accompanied by open device and application obligations. Specifically, licensees offering service on C Block spectrum “shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee’s C Block network,”

This is a good day for consumers as Verizon MUST allow users acess to tethering apps in the play store and not make them pay $20 a month for the “right” to use their own data!

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ATT Really is the DeathStar?

AT&T was taken to small claims court by Matt Spaccarelli after the wireless firm throttled him. He sued as AT&T wasn’t living up to its advertised promise of the “fastest network”. He won the case and $850. AT&T’s response was to threaten him with cancellation (not really sure that is a threat). As this has become a PR nightmare for AT&T, it has now tried to get Matt to settle and sign a NDA on the issue, no idea why he would do that.More to come.. TechCrunch