US Congress To Vote On Phone Unlocking This Month
13 Feb 2014
A lot of of our US customers will have seen the information on our site regarding phone unlocking being made illegal there for handset purchased after Jan 26th 2013. This was an amendment made to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act by the Library of Congress changing the status of phone unlocking. However, it only meant that newer handsets, those purchased after the pass date, were those that could no longer be unlocked.
Over the past year, the US public have gone ballistic - leading to over 100,000 people signing a petition forcing the Obama Administration to revisit the Act and reconsidered the legislation. The White House then set wheels in motion by confirming that they thought the law should be changed and that phone unlocking should again be legal.
Finally, after months of neglect, the Act is now being revisited this month, with Congress set to vote during the week of February 24th. The new bill being put forward under the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act has been highlighted by House Leader, Eric Cantor, as one important to “stop Government abuse”. With publicity like this, and over 100,000 people awaiting a positive outcome, it’s likely Congress will be forced to comply, even if their relationship with companies like AT&T hit a rough patch as a result.
We’ll keep you posted when we hear more.
Article by Darren Kingman