US Unlocking Bill Passed by Committee
08 Aug 2013
It's been coming for a while but last week the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act was passed by the House Judiciary Committee. However, this doesn't mean that phone unlocking has been made legal again in the US, just that we're closer to the day.
Most of the readers of this site are based in the UK and may not know what happens in the US law system to pass new policies. Now the bill has been approved by the committee, it needs to be passed by Congress. However, it is a fact that this Congress is one of the slowest in history, only passing 18 bills during their time in office so far, the least productive since World War II.
Another driving force behind the bill is making technology environmentally sustainable for the future. This means changing copyright laws so the reuse of technology can happen regularly. When it comes to phone unlocking this targets the fact that unlocked phones can be re-packaged and resold throughout the world - extending every handsets lifecycle. At the moment only 48 - 64% of a phone can be recycled meaning that locked phones, which have a much shortened lifespan, are contributing to e-waste we have no way of reclaiming.
There's still a long way to go in the grand scheme of making phone unlocking legal again in the US but this is a certainly a step in the right direction.
Article by Darren Kingman and Image Source