Verizon blocks free tethering

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th 2011 at 10:10 a.m.

While fighting with its employees in its landline division, Verizon has begun blocking people who use their wireless phones for tethering without paying for a separate tethering plan.  Verizon is the predominant carrier in LGOD’s backyard.

When Verizon purchased a 700MHz spectrum auction, it promised open access to its network data.  Consumer advocacy groups state that blocking tethering is a violation of the access agreement; Verizon counters that it is acceptable to charge more to customers who use significantly more data.  Personally I believe bits are bits and you should be free to use them however you want, and Verizon’s tiered data plans can handle the increased data usage of tetherers without asking them to pay a separate fee.

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