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Today, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced legislation to remove the ban on unlocking cell phones. The Wireless Consumer Choice Act asks the FCC to ensure that consumers have the right to unlock their phones and switch carriers. Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) is introducing similar legislation in the House of Representatives.
The following can be attributed to Vice President of Government Affairs Christopher Lewis:
"We're glad to see Senators Klobuchar, Lee, and Blumenthal and Representative Eshoo are taking swift action to address the problems with phone unlocking raised in the White House's response to an online petition. However, the root of this problem lies in parts of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") and how easily they are abused at consumers' expense. Amending the DMCA itself will ensure stronger competition, and also that consumers can use the devices they've bought in whatever lawful way they choose."
The Wireless Consumer Choice Act is linked here.