On Tuesday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission stated that the Verizon Wireless has already agreed to pay them $1.25 million, in order to resolve a complaint that it obstructed third-party securing applications on Android phones.
According to the filed complaint, the appeal of Verizon for Google to obstruct securing apps from third-party on Android apps store infringed open Internet, or net neutrality rules, which were backed up by the FCC for the so-called C block of spectrum in the 700MHz band. The commission approved the conditions for net neutrality as part of a spectrum auction completed four years ago.
However, Verizon denied that they blocked third-party securing apps. In a statement, the company remarked that Verizon Wireless has always permitted its clients to use the lawful applications of their preference on its networks. It also did not block any of its clients from using third-party securing applications.
In addition to this, Verizon sees that this approval ruling puts them behind concerns associated to the employee’s communication with an app operator regarding the securing applications. This also lets the company to focus on serving their clients.
Moreover, according to the chairman of FCC Julius Genachowski, this matter illustrates that being obedient with the rules of FCC is not optional.