US Senator Proposes Bill Amending The DMCA Unlocking Ban

It looks like there is overwhelming support for unlocking phones! First, the petition gets 100,000 signatures, forcing the White House to respond. The White House responds, supporting us! Then the FCC comes out in support for the peoples rights. It’s been a good time for phone tinkerers and carrier switchers.

Today, US Senator Ron Wyden introduced a new bill amending the DMCA and allowing phone unlocking to switch to other networks.

SEC. 2. ALLOWING CONSUMERS TO UNLOCK CELL PHONES.
(a) IN GENERAL.—Section 1201(a)(1)(B) of title 17,
United States Code, is amended by striking ‘‘not apply to persons’’ and inserting the following: ‘‘not apply to—
(i) a user of a computer program, in the form of firmware or software, that enables a wireless telephone handset, or other wireless device that can connect to the Internet, originally acquired from the operator of a wireless telecommunications network or retailer to connect to a different wireless telecommunications network if—
(I) the user legally owns a copy of the computer program;
(II) the use of the computer program by the user is solely for the purpose of connecting to such wireless telecommunications network; and
(III) the access to such wireless telecommunications network is authorized by the operator of the network; or
(ii) persons.

And considering we already have the White House on our side, there is a good chance this bill will be passed. However, it won’t be too soon. Luckily, the bill is retroactive, meaning it will take effect on January 26th, 2013. This will protect those who unlocked their devices between it becoming illegal and the bill passing.

Things are looking up. What do you guys think? Are you happy? Supportive? Tell us in the comments!

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