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Free Press Says Verizon Breaking FCC's 700MHz Rules

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Jun 7, 2011, 7:08 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The Free Press has filed a lawsuit against Verizon Wireless, alleging that the company is violating the net neutrality conditions placed on the C Block of 700MHz spectrum it won at auction in 2008. Specifically, the Free Press says that Verizon is blocking third-party tethering applications on its Long Term Evolution 4G Android smartphones. A number of those apps inexplicably disappeared from the Android Market last month. "When Verizon purchased the spectrum licenses associated with its LTE network, it agreed that it would not 'deny, limit, or restrict' the ability of its users to access the applications and devices of their choosing," said the Free Press in its filing. Verizon denies any wrongdoing, and said it doesn't block its users from accessing apps in the Android Market. The Free Press believes Google removed the third-party tethering applications from the Android Market at Verizon's behest. The Free Press is asking the Federal Communications Commission to rule against Verizon.

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Mikey C

Jun 7, 2011, 10:29 AM

This is great.

THough I doubt that the free press will win the case. It would be awesome if they did, though. I did hear that gingerbread had many tethering road blocks built in, so that may help if brought up in court.
The regulations were very clear that the "C-block licencee" was not permitted to close device access in any way. But, there is no language at all in the rule making that force handset makers to abide by the open access rules.

Let the war of re-int...
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