Sigh. I think this is a very bad thing.
I can only see two outcomes from this:
- Verizon successfully defends their case, and tethering is aggressively blocked/charged for.
- Verizon loses, and just raises everyone's rate "in case they may tether".
As long as tethering was low-profile with a small percentage of questionable users, Verizon has been putting up a token resistance. Once there is precedence in the courts, Verizon may be a lot more aggressive. Other carriers may follow Verizon's lead on the results, too.
If I've helped you out, send a little "thanks" my way ...