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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Blocking Consumers’ Access to Certain Mobile Broadband Applications

Verizon paid $1.25 million to resolve an investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) into whether the company had fully complied with the FCC’s “C Block rules,” requiring licensees of C Block spectrum to allow customers to freely use the devices and applications of their choosing. The FCC investigated allegations that Verizon Wireless, which offers its 4G LTE service on the C Block spectrum, had requested that a major application store operator block Verizon’s customers from accessing tethering applications from its online market (“tethering” is using a wireless phone as a modem to obtain Internet access for another device, such as a laptop computer or tablet.)

Misconduct Type
Consumer Affairs
Enforcement Agency
FCC
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Administrative
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement Announcement
7/31/2012
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Verizon Communications, Inc. $1,250,000
Further Information Released
Consent Decree 2/28/2013
FCC Press Release 2/28/2013

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database