House panel backs cellphone-unlocking measure

07/31/2013 | Hill, The

Cellphone users would be able to switch carriers without buying a new phone under unlocking legislation approved Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee that overturns a 2012 Library of Congress ruling banning the practice. The panel also approved an amendment that allows some third parties help in unlocking the phone over the objections of members who argued the practice would encourage phone theft. The bill would allow cellphone owners to access a new network without securing permission from their previous carrier.

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