Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Unlocking to become legal in United States

Smartphones, especially iPhones, are bound to carrier contracts when they are bought making customers entangled to the carrier's costly monthly plans. Thus people have resorted to getting their phones unlocked and getting free of the chains. But last October, the librarian of Congress removed cell phone unlocking from the DMCA exception list giving power to carriers and making cell phone unlocking illegal, being effect from January 26, 2013. Since then, there has been quite an uproar on the issue in the tech community.

This led to the start of an online petition which was aimed at making cell phone unlocking legal by either making an exception to the DMCA list again or making a specific legislation for the purpose.

As the petition gained momentum(over 114,000 signatures) and reached its targeted signatures number, David Edelman of White House, Senior Advisor for Internet, Innovation and Privacy, declared his and White House support for the petition with an official statement.

"....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."

The NTIA and FCC are working hard at moving forward with legislation to resolve "this urgent issue", says Edelman. It is good to know that US government is listening to the voice of its people and helping in making technology free from silly and greedy boundations.


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