White House Responds to Petition Expressing Support For Cellphone Unlocking

by Colonel on March 5, 2013

“Responding to a petition on WhiteHouse.gov, the executive branch stated, “The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other penalties.”

“And if you have paid for your mobile device, and aren’t bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network,” wrote R. David Edelman, White House senior adviser for Internet, innovation, and privacy. “It’s common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice.” …

The Librarian of Congress, who has authority over the matter, ruled last October that the Digital Millenium Copyright Act should be interpreted to mean that unauthorized cellphone unlocking was a violation. As of Jan. 26, newly purchased phones can no longer legally be unlocked.

” — Ina Fried, Copyright 2013 Dow Jones & Company Inc.

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