A senator has proposed a legally unlocking cell phone bill in USA it will allow consumers to unlock cellphones for using on more network. President Barack Obama took 114,000 petitions for demand of legalize the unlocking of smartphones.
Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said
“You bought it, you should be able to use it. My Wireless Device Independence Act ensures you can unlock your device,”
The proposed “Wireless Device Independence Act of 2013” aims to amend Section 1201(a)(1)(B) of title 17 of the United States Code which deals with circumvention of copyright protection systems.
It would exclude from the application of a provision relating to circumvention of technological measures persons who use a program, in the form of firmware or software, to enable a wireless telephone handset, or other wireless device that can connect to the Internet, to be connected to a different wireless telecommunications network from that of the operator it was originally acquired from. The user will need to legally own the software program and also be authorized to access the telecommunications network.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Buyers of smartphones and tablets should be able to unlock their devices “without risking criminal or other penalties,” R. David Edelman, White House senior adviser for Internet, innovation and privacy, wrote in response to the petition on Monday.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission, wrote: The petitioners asked the Obama administration to ask the Librarian of Congress to rescind its decision, and failing that, champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said on Monday that the commission was looking into whether his agency, wireless providers, or others should take action to preserve consumers’ ability to unlock their mobile phones. “I also encourage Congress to take a close look and consider a legislative solution,” he added.
Thus other lawmakers have also come out in support of changes to the law to make it easier for users to unlock their phones.