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Public Interest Requires Public Input: Verizon/Android Tethering

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Publication Date: 
June 30, 2011
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Bibliography: Barbara van Schewick, Public Interest Requires Public Input: Verizon/Android Tethering, Center for Internet and Society blog, June 30, 2011.

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According to recent news reports, Verizon Wireless has asked Google to disable tethering applications in Google’s mobile application store, the Android Market. Tethering applications allow users to use laptops or other devices over their mobile Internet connection by attaching them to their smart phones.

In early June, Free Press filed a complaint with the FCC alleging that this behavior violates the openness conditions that govern the use of the part of the 700 MHz spectrum over which Verizon Wireless’s LTE network operates. The FCC seems to have designated the proceeding as a restricted proceeding under its ex parte rules, which means that the public will not be invited to comment on the issues raised by Free Press’s complaint.

Today, I asked the FCC to open up the proceeding for public comment.