This has been a hot topic for some time now. It was even hot back in ’08 when I worked for the company as a CSR. After numerous complaints the FCC finally opened an investigation and found VZW violated the open access conditions that were placed on
the block of spectrum the company is using to build its 4G LTE network. Specifically, the agency’s rules for this spectrum state that licensees offering service on C Block of 700 MHz spectrum “shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability
of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee’s
C Block network.” VZW will be making a voluntary payment of $1.25M to the treasury. It remains unclear whether they will still charge 3G customers, or allow unlimited usage customer’s with tethering to keep their plans.