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FCC to Investigate Cellphone Unlocking
Posted: 01-Mar-2013 [Source: Forbes]

[The FCC is responding to the public uproar over the cellphone unlocking ban. “It’s something that we will look at at the FCC to see if we can and should enable consumers to use unlocked phones.”]

Derek Khanna -- "It is a terrific development that the FCC is apparently investigating this matter. They should be investigating this – the decision is indefensible. It’s becoming increasingly clear what happened here and the impact of this upon innovation, small businesses and the consumer. But ultimately Congress must act.

On January 26, 2013, the Librarian of Congress issued a ruling that made it illegal to unlock new phones. Unlocking is a technique that allows your phone to use a different carrier. This is a common technique for international travelers, our soldiers deploying abroad and for people who want to use their phones once they are out of contract. Doing so could place you in legal liability for up to 5 years in jail and a $500,000 fine."

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