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    White House petition started to combat phone unlock law (Now with an answer)

    White House petition started to combat phone unlock law
    Did our story regarding the Library of Congress’s revision to the DMCA law to make the unlocking of phones illegal put a bad taste in your mouth last night? Well, here’s a bit of toothpaste to try: why not petition the White House to see what their stance on the matter is and if they’d be willing to do anything about it? A petition was set up on the new White House Petition site, a tool that the current administration has given the American people to make their voices heard.

    The difference between this petition and the thousands you see on, say, Change.org is that the White House administration has promised an answer to any legit petition that has a certain number of digital signatures. This particular petition was made while the threshold was 100,000 signatures, and it has about 5,200 as of the time of this writing. This promise was tested a short while ago with the request that a death star be built — and, sure enough, the White House did respond in quite the geeky nature.

    I should note that even if the petition does make it to 100,000 signatures it doesn’t mean anything is guaranteed to change. All this guarantees is a response, but sometimes even that is more valuable than nothing at all. We’d love to see this law be abolished in the very near future. The Library of Congress might not have totally ill intent, but in a time where cellular carriers already have a bit too much control on their side it’s easy to understand why users would be upset.

    Anyone from the likes of Canada, Europe and Australia would come to America and gag at the wireless practices in this country. Between high contract prices, overpriced rate plans and an absolute mess of a spectrum and technology situation you might liken the scenario to a bad Steven Seagal flick — sure, the characters and plot (phones and LTE) look nice, but at the end of the day the star of the show is a flabby old man past his prime (carriers) with below average acting skills still trying to pretend that he knows martial arts.

    Enough of my blabbering, though — go ahead and sign that petition, and let’s see if we can’t get someone from the White House to explain to us why carriers are afforded yet another thumb to pin us down with. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/pet...legal/1g9KhZG7
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    what are they accomplishing by locking down phones?
    i really dont see why anyone cares if a phone is unlocked or locked
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    Every time I think about these type of laws or any new law coming into affect I always think of Apple. For some reason I feel that Apple might of had something to do with this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 93fuelslut View Post
    what are they accomplishing by locking down phones?
    i really dont see why anyone cares if a phone is unlocked or locked
    I assume they want to cut down on hackers.
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    Where are they now? I was one of the original 2500...
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    Quote Originally Posted by comk4ver View Post
    Where are they now? I was one of the original 2500...
    We still need to get a few thousand more signatures by the 23 of this month. That way we can hear what the gov has to say!
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    Re: White House petition started to combat phone unlock law

    I was in the low 91000s

    Sent from my vzw Galaxy Note 2
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    Congrats goes out you all of us who helped get this petition signed and pass the mark of 100,000 needed to get a word from them on this. Needing that many signatures for something like this is not easy. Most people could care less, but it is stupid laws like this that have no need to be made in the first place.
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    The worse part was how it was just one person without Congress or any input from elected officials. I think that's what makes it more galling.
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    Still waiting on a word from the people who respond to these petitions. I hope we hear something from them and it is not one of those that just stay in limbo
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