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Genachowski to investigate smartphone unlock ban

Smartphone fans around the country have been in an uproar ever since a ban was placed on a user's ability to unlock their own mobile phone on January 26. Apparently, the ban didn't put limits on carriers being able to unlock their devices, but individuals cracking their phone to operate on other networks was forbidden.

The FCC has now promised to investigate whether the ban is harmful to market competitiveness. The FCC also plans to see if the executive branch has the authority to change the law.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told TechCrunch, "[The] ban raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns."

Prior to the ban going into effect, customers were allowed to unlock their smartphones, allowing users to switch carriers and keep the device they had already purchased. Smartphones were exempted from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which has a provision placing a ban on the circumvention of copy protection schemes.
 
Now, smartphone owners who use unauthorized methods to unlock their devices open themselves up to potential legal penalty.

Genachowski said, "It’s something that we will look at at the FCC to see if we can and should enable consumers to use unlocked phones."

Source: TechCrunch



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RE: Duh.
By Motoman on 3/1/2013 10:28:59 AM , Rating: 5
The government is ridiculously larger than any logic would have it be. However, lobbying most certainly is at fault - without lobbying, the industry's money wouldn't have a way to funnel into legislature and purchase such laws.


RE: Duh.
By integr8d on 3/1/2013 11:13:07 AM , Rating: 4
"The FCC also plans to see if the executive branch has the authority to change the law."

No surprise there.


RE: Duh.
By Einy0 on 3/1/2013 11:41:11 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly...


RE: Duh.
By Amedean on 3/1/2013 6:09:33 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
The government is ridiculously larger than any logic would have it be.


Not agreeing or disagreeing but how big is it? What is the ideal ratio of government employees to population?

The reason I asked is because if you do not know what that ideal level is......well you wont know when to stop complaining and nothing will be good enough.


RE: Duh.
By JediJeb on 3/1/2013 9:54:47 PM , Rating: 3
566 government employees total should be enough.


RE: Duh.
By idiot77 on 3/4/2013 5:42:15 AM , Rating: 2
Dumbest thing I've heard. "End fascism" but then make a comment that says turn over every non-elected position to them.

Then again, poverty of thought when it comes to government is pretty common here on DT since the moron Libertarians took over the site shortly after launch, with regard to comments.... and most of the bloggers.


RE: Duh.
By tng on 3/4/2013 9:40:37 AM , Rating: 2
While lobbying is a issue, I would say that the real problem is quoted in the story...

quote:
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told TechCrunch, "[The] ban raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns."
Do any of these people get it? It is not about competition or innovation, it is about the freedom of the individual to do what they want with their personal property!


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