FCC Forces Verizon To Allow Tethering Apps
The FCC has determined that Verizon has been violating the "open access" rules of its 700 MHz spectrum by blocking third-party Android apps that allow tethering a phone to a laptop or other device for Internet access. The rules for the C block of the upper 700 Mhz band state that the owner (Verizon) must allow consumers to use data any way they like. Verizon uses the spectrum for its 4G LTE network. This decision marks the first major enforcement of the open access rules. Verizon must pay a $1.25 million fine and start allowing tethering apps. The apps can be used to circumvent Verizon's usual $20/month tethering charge, although Verizon will still force users to subscribe to a "usage-based" pricing plan that will charge users for data regardless of whether it involves tethering. Verizon will also be forced to train its employees on compliance with the open access rules.
FCC Relaxes Rules Governing 800 MHz Spectrum
The FCC this week made it easier for carriers to add LTE to their 800 MHz spectrum holdings. Rules concerning the 800 MHz band (CDMA Band Class 0, LTE Band 5) have been in place since 1981 and limit how much power carriers can use to transmit wireless signals across those airwaves.
FCC Puts Ombudsman In Charge of Net Neutrality Complaints
The FCC today appointed Parul P. Desai to serve as the Open Internet ombudsperson.
Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today upheld the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules.
Court to Allow Net Neutrality Rules to Take Effect
A federal appeals court today refused to block the FCC's net neutrality rules from going into effect. USTelecom, the CTIA, and other groups sought to prevent them from becoming law while the rules are being litigated.
FCC Adopts Rules for Text-to-911 for All Messaging Apps
The FCC today formally adopted rules that will require all providers of messaging services to enable their apps with text-to-911 capabilities. Earlier this year the FCC said industry players outside the four major wireless network operators need to get on board.
"the FCC’s consent decree...
So when can I bring my own device? No wonder Verizon is zealously guarding its LTE Sim cards.
I think a lot of you don't understand this....
grandfathered unlimited plans are unaffected by this... and your still expected to pay for hotspot...
though, the unblocking of tethering apps, will benefit all plan types...
As it should be!
I pay for "X" amount of data, and it doesn't matter how I use it - phone, laptop, or whatever. Data is data.
I mean, the grocery store doesn't charge extra for milk you'll put on cereal as opposed to milk you just drink from a glass.. You just buy a quantity, and use it as you see fit. Duh.
Open Access... Hmmmm... Shouldn't Verizon be forced to allow any compatible device on its network as long as it poses no threat to the network?
I'd say so. It's wireless so you can't physically hu...