Would permit cell phone customers to unlock their devices for use on competitors' networks. From 2006 to 2012, cell phone unlocking was legal due to a Library of Congress exemption under the DMCA, or Digital Millennium Copyright Act. In January 2013, cell phone unlocking officially became illegal again According to Digital Trends, "customers who wished to unlock their device would have to receive permission from their wireless service provider to avoid breaking the law. Unlocking without carrier permission potentially carried hefty fines--up to $2,500 per illegally unlocked device." The bill includes a prohibition against bulk unlocking of devices for the purpose of resale--a point of conflict for some consumer watchdog groups.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- senate Committees
- The house Passed February 26th, 2014Roll Call Vote 295 Yea / 114 Nay
House Committee on the JudiciaryCourts, Intellectual Property, and the InternetIntroducedMarch 13th, 2013
- house Committees
What is it?
-One of the chief, competing pieces of legislation being considered by the House is the Unlocking Technology Act of 2013.
-The Senate equivalent of this bill is s517.