Verizon Wireless Pays $1.25 Million to Settle FCC Complaint

Verizon Wireless agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle a Federal Communications Commission complaint that it inappropriately pressured Google Inc. into blocking access to some applications on Google’s Android mobile store.

On Tuesday, the FCC said it has reached a consent decree with Verizon Wireless to settle a 2011 investigation into whether Verizon violated federal rules by trying to block access to some applications on its LTE high-speed wireless network. Those applications would allow customers to “tether” — or use a mobile phone to provide Internet access to a tablet or other personal computer — without paying an extra fee.

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