Verizon Wireless Settles Tethering Case With FCC for $1.25 Million

Verizon Wireless has put an end to its scuttlebutt with the federal government over tethering by agreeing to cough up $1.25 million.

The agreement also requires America’s largest wireless carrier to tell online app websites that it won’t object to programs that support tethering data from one device to another, Bloomberg reported. The government had claimed that Verizon was interfering with its customers’ rights to do so.

Todays action demonstrates that compliance with FCC obligations is not optional,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said.

A Verizon spokesman denied that the company blocked its customers from using third-party tethering applications, according to an email sent to Bloomberg, and the settlement "allows us to focus on serving our customers."

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