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Obama Administration Supports Legislative Fixes to Make Unlocking Cell Phones Legal
Written by Angelo Castigliola   
Mar 04, 2013 at 05:51 PM

After Unlocking cell phones were removed from the list of exemptions, under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), by the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress, an online petition had the Whitehouse weigh- in on the issue:

"The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties," R. David Edelman, White House Senior Advisor for Internet, Innovation and Privacy, wrote on the White House Petitions Blog. "In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones."

The Obama administration said it is now planning to address the issue and would support legislative fixes to say that "neither criminal law nor technological locks should prevent consumers from switching carriers when they are no longer bound by a service agreement or other obligation."


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