New Bipartisan Phone Unlock Bill Redefines DMCA & Permanently Exempts Carrier Unlock

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    Here's a breath of fresh air in the world of smartphones and politics. A new bipartisan bill has just been introduced to Congress which aims to clean up the whole carrier phone unlocking issue. The new bill called the The Unlocking Technology Act was introduced by US Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), and Jared Polis (D-CO). Although most of these reps are Democrat, one of them is Republican and one of the Democrats is considered very moderate. This creates a pretty balanced bipartisan team to introduce this bill, which is something we don't see happen very often.

    This new bill, internally called HR 1892, aims to redefine the way the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) works and add a permanent exemption for carrier unlocking. Just in case you were unfamiliar, the DCMA in its current form blocks consumers from unlocking their phone from their carrier; however, every three years it comes under review by the Library of Congress and usually gets a temporary exemption for carrier unlocking. As we reported previously here, earlier this year Congress let the exemption slide which made it illegal again to unlock your phone from your carrier. This bill intends to create a fix for that so that, under certain conditions, consumers will permanently be able to unlock their phones. The folks at AndroidPolice shared an excellent explanation of the three primary intents of this new bill. Here's a quote,

    As you can see, this is great news for consumers and is a rare showing of bipartisanship for the protection of consumers' interests. Now the bill has to pass the House and the Senate and get signed into law by the President after that. Luckily, the outcome for this bill looks very good. The White House has already expressed their desire to pass legislation just like this if it comes across their desk. Also, it is unlikely to get stopped in the Senate, so now it just needs to pass through the House. We will keep you guys apprised on its journey through the legislative process.

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    Bipartisan? This isn't even political...it's logical. I fail to see the significance, sorry.
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    LOL. Since when does logic prevail in politics? It's a rare occurrence which is why this is unusual news.
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    I'm just a bill. Good one. :)



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    I didn't say politics were logical, only that expecting a fight no matter the topic is a bit pessimistic and a lot of the problem with the current system as it is, you imply for instance that if their was a bill put forward by a Republican to stop citizens from hanging their family pets from trees on their property that democrats would vote against it because a republican drafted it; instead I believe it's because of partisan competition and posturing means that a lot of stupid bills go through that of course should be shot down. Just read some of the earmarks included in the bailout legislation, and that actually even passed..it's a shame.
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    Oops. Nice find on the video Matt! ;)
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    Which is why this bill is so unusual. It doesn't have either partisan competition or posturing, nor does it have any earmarks that would get it shut down by either party. You are right that it is a shame it is easy to be pessimistic about politics and politicians. How do you propose we change that?
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    Politically educate the uneducated though unbiased teaching from an early age. Politics are so extremely divided away from school that the only source children have of politics is from their parents or grandparents most of the time, debate should not be an elective at a time when minds have already been made up for them. They're taught that tunnel vision and intolerance is the only way, which forces the divide. Aside from John McCain the Maverick, no one will attempt to play both sides frequently for fear of being voted out of office or pissing off their puppeteers with the extreme levels of corruption controlled by the highest bidder.

    It starts there, an educated public will vote for a better electee. A third of Americans probably couldn't find West Virginia on a map...which is inconceivable to suggest they aught to have the power to vote in the first place.
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