Is Verizon Breaking FCC Regulations With Locked Bootloaders?
First time accepted submitter PcItalian writes with an excerpt from an interesting editorial on XDA Developers: “The open access provision requires Verizon to ‘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.’ It goes on to say, ‘The potential for excessive bandwidth demand alone shall not constitute grounds for denying, limiting or restricting access to the network.’ Verizon bought Block C and tried to have the provisions removed. They failed. … That means if a device uses the Block C frequencies, Verizon cannot insist what apps or firmware it runs. … So the question is, do any devices use Block C frequencies? Yes. Some are called Hotspots. Others are called the HTC Thunderbolt… [Hotspots] comply with FCC regulations as far as I’m aware. The HTC Thunderbolt, on the other hand, does not. In the list of rules and exceptions for the Block C license, it says this: ‘Handset locking prohibited. No licensee may disable features on handsets it provides to customers, to the extent such features are compliant with the licensee’s standards pursuant to paragraph (b) of this section’…’”