This is good news for AT&T subscribers as well! Maybe they'll be forced to allow tethering on the LTE network as well.
The is the last time I'm going to attempt to explain it because my time is valuable:
Mobile Broadband Connect is VZW's own tethering solution. The line Sam quoted just recognizes that VZW has recently done away with their fee for their own product. It speaks of nothing for the general order which is that they cannot block or charge extra for the use of any apps on any application store, including tethering apps.
If you read the order closely, you'll note the proscription on blocking or charging for the use of any 3rd party app--including tethering apps--applies to customers with devices that access the C-block spectrum. It's that general. As in, even those with unlimited plans cannot be prevented or charged more for using any 3rd party app, including those that provide tethering (PDAnet, FoxFi, etc.)
End of story: Unlimited data plan users can tether for free with 3rd party apps.
Now if you are correct that VZW has to allow unlimited data customers to tether for free, just how long until they completely eliminate unlimited data? I suspect that as soon as the customer's contract runs out, that VZW would eliminate the unlimited data feature and force the customer to choose a tiered data option.
Verizon 4G LTE
Not paying for tethering on an unlimited data plan is a violation of the Terms of Services on a grandfathered unlimited data plan. I'm certainly not saying Verizon definitely will do anything to those that tether without paying on unlimited data plans. But I am saying there is nothing in the FCC Consent Decree that prohibits it. And I can find at least a dozen tech writers/articles/blogs that back up what I'm saying. Can you find ONE reputable tech article or blog that backs up what you are saying? I'll be waiting.nothing herein prejudices Verizon Wireless’s right to determine what
Applications its customers are allowed to purchase through Verizon
Wireless’s billing mechanisms or to take remedial actions, including
termination of service, against customers who violate the terms and
conditions of their service plans or Verizon Wireless’s policies applicable to
the service provided to such customers.
What if I have an old Verizon unlimited data plan? Can I download an app and avoid the $20 tethering fee too?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is no. Verizon says that customers under the unlimited plan are required by the company's terms of service to pay an additional fee to tether their device.
http://www.howardforums.com/showthre...2#post14385072 And, as is blatantly obvious, that was a 100% correct.
For those who might like a little more explanation from someone who, say, hasn't been wrong yet, keep reading.
First, the order applies to all customers who can access the C-block spectrum. Here is one example of the broad language used throughout that effectuates this:
What might one of those rules be again? Why, it's a:The Compliance Manual shall explain the C-Block rules that apply to Verizon Wireless, including the prohibition against denying, limiting, or restricting the ability of its customers to use the Applications of their choice on Verizon Wireless’s C-Block network, and set forth the Operating Procedures that Covered Employees shall follow to help ensure Verizon Wireless’s compliance with the C-Block rules.
And this applies to whom?Prohibition against denying, limiting, or restricting the ability of its customers to use the Applications of their choice on Verizon Wireless’s C-Block network
Do you see anything in there about tiered vs unlimited plans? Nope? Oh, that's because it doesn't exist. There is no distinction in the order.Verizon Wireless: (i) agrees to implement within thirty (30) calendar days after the Effective Date a Compliance Plan relating to its future compliance with the C-Block rules, including the rules governing the availability and use of Third-party Applications, including Tethering Applications, by customers using Verizon Wireless’s C-Block Network
Next, the horribly misquoted section about VZW maintaining the right to enforce their terms of service. Let's try for the full quote of this one:
Golly gee. It's almost like their ability to implement their TOS is subject to a modifying clause. What might that modifying clause be? Oh, that's right: subject to the C-block restrictions. Funny thing about this--I said the exact same thing in the year-ago post I linked to at the beginning of this. A private contract (the TOS) does not and cannot trump a federal enactment.To the extent permissible under the C Block Rules and other applicable law and legal obligations:
(a) nothing herein precludes Verizon Wireless from engaging in Application Store Communications relating to particular Applications that are unlawful, interfere with the operation of and/or management of Verizon Wireless’s network, harm or interfere with devices being used by Verizon Wireless customers, or otherwise are substantially harmful to Verizon Wireless
(d) nothing herein prejudices Verizon Wireless’s right to determine what Applications its customers are allowed to purchase through Verizon Wireless’s billing mechanisms or to take remedial actions, including termination of service, against customers who violate the terms and conditions of their service plans or Verizon Wireless’s policies applicable to the service provided to such customers.
Lastly, I again point out that bloggers are neither lawyers nor well-informed individuals. They don't even realize that customers who can access the C-block spectrum are LTE device users and pay $30 for the VZW tethering service, not $20. Yea, let's rely on those bloggers.
End of line.
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What I can't understand is how all these great legal minds have time to post on this website. It seems like they would be overwhelmed by their work for high dollar corporate clients, or clerking for the Supreme Court.
I've always thought that the best debaters were those who could see the point of their opponent. That is clearly not happening here.
I guess we'll all know in a few months who was right and who was wrong, then another group will be saying "I told you so".