FCC Gets Verizon To Stop Blocking Tethering Apps On Tiered Data Plans | Pocketnow. I knew that the new tiered data plans came with free tethering. Since you are buying a set amount of data for a set price, you can use the data any way you like, and that means free tethering. However, according to this article, Verizon was forced to do this by the FCC, even as the FCC was supporting Verizon's argument that it can block free tethering for unlimited plans. I gave up unlimited plans on several of my phones because it made economic sense to switch to Share Everything. Each user must make the computations based on their own use. The more devices and phones you have, the cheaper the new tiered pricing will be. And, as I have stated, the data amounts are generous, unless you watch movies all day. Even if a user exceeds a tiered data limit, you get plenty of warning, and you can buy more at $10 a Gigabyte. I am saving hundreds of dollars with the new plans. Your mileage may vary.