Editor in Chief
- Dec 30, 2010
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- Austin, TX
It's easy to assume Congress never gets anything accomplished. It seems like they are constantly gridlocked, fighting about partisan politics instead of accomplishing anything meaningful. Still, on rare occasions that proves untrue and something cool happens.
Here's a case in point: Congress just passed a new bill which will make it legal for users to unlock their phones. It's called the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," and it aims to do exactly what it sounds like. For now, it simply directs the Library of Congress to let consumers and third-parties legally unlock phones which were received through their carrier.
Here's a quote with a few more of the details,
Today's legislation will not permanently allow legal phone unlocking, however. The rule will be reconsidered by the Library of Congress once again in 2015 and every three years thereafter unless circumstances should change. It appears unlikely that unlocking will be banned again next year given the wide support for it, but there may be a continued struggle for its legalization in the future.
"The cell phone unlocking bill has a direct impact on Americans as we become more reliant on our wireless devices," Senate ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says in a statement. "This bipartisan bill is pro-consumer and pro-competition and allows for greater ease in the portability of devices. It will provide greater competition and more consumer choice."
I think I will be on the lookout for flying pigs on my way home from work today...
Thanks for the tip, Quicksilver7714!
Source: The Verge