Lawmakers join push to reverse ban on phone unlocking

03/5/2013 | Hill, The · Washington Post, The · USA Today

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., was among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who endorsed legislation allowing cellphone owners to unlock their handsets, a move also favored by President Barack Obama. Activists began lobbying Congress in the aftermath of a Library of Congress ban on the practice ruling that unlocking options were already available to consumers. "The fact that over 100,000 consumers signed the petition clearly indicates that consumers care about this issue, and policymakers must take action and reverse the Copyright Office's decision," Competitive Carriers Association CEO Steven Berry said.

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Hill, The · Washington Post, The · USA Today