WASHINGTON, July 31 Verizon Wireless will pay
$1.25 million to resolve a probe into the company's compliance
with rules governing the "C Block" spectrum it purchased in
auction to deploy its LTE network, the Federal Communications
Commission said on Tuesday.
The FCC's Enforcement Bureau opened an investigation after
reports surfaced that Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of
Verizon Communications Inc and Vodafone Group Plc
, had a major application store operator block Verizon
customers' access to tethering applications that allow a user to
use a mobile phone as a modem to connect other devices, such as
laptops and tablets.
The FCC mandates that licensees of the C Block cannot "deny,
limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the
devices and applications of their choice," the agency said.