Originally published: June 16, 2011
Last updated: June 16, 2011 - 6:23pm
In letters to the leadership of the House and Senate Commerce Committees, Free Press argues that reports that Verizon Wireless and other carriers got Google to restrict access to free tethering applications in the Android Market -- those apps turn smart phones into their own free, mobile wi-fi hotspots -- means that Verizon is violating the open access requirement on its spectrum.
Verizon says it was Google, not Verizon, that removed the apps. "Verizon does not block applications," the company said in a statement. "Google manages its own applications store, evaluated the applications in question, determined that they were in violation of it terms of service and removed them." Verizon may not have removed them, but they wanted them removed. A source familiar with the application take-down says that Verizon pointed Google to those apps as a violation.
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