Statement of Commissioner Clyburn on Verizon Wireless Consent Decree
Federal Communications Commission
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STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER MIGNON L. CLYBURN ON ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE
ENFORCEMENT BUREAU ENTERING INTO A CONSENT DECREE WITH VERIZON
WIRELESS ON BLOCKING OF ACCESS TO TETHERING APPLICATIONS“I was deeply concerned when I heard of allegations that Verizon Wireless had requested that a major
application store operator block Verizon’s customers from accessing tethering applications in the
operator’s online market. One of the reasons the Commission chose, in December 2010, to apply less
stringent Open Internet rules to mobile wireless services was its expectation that Verizon Wireless’s
compliance with the openness conditions, which we imposed on carriers that operate on upper 700 MHz
C Block spectrum, would promote greater consumer access to mobile applications and services. Today’s
consent decree serves as a stark reminder that the Commission cannot take compliance with Open Internet
rules for granted.
“I thank Free Press for filing an informal complaint to bring this our attention. I also commend Michele
Ellison and her staff at the Enforcement Bureau for entering a strong consent decree. The voluntary
payment in excess of one million dollars and the requirement that legal counsel must first review
communications with application stores about the availability of applications to Verizon Wireless
customers send a strong message about how much this Commission cares about rules we adopt to protect
consumers and promote competition.”