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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 RufusM on 3/1/2013 1:18:31 PM , Rating: 5
The thing is, the number of Federal Government employees per-capita has gone down: from ~13% in 1963 to ~8.4% in 2010.

Having said that the amount of Federal Government spending as a percentage of GDP has steadily increased, with the exception of a huge spike during WW2 and very slight decrease in the recent recession.

So, the Federal Government is actually hiring less people (in real dollars) but is spending much more money. This is a result of mainly increased spending on: military spending, subsidies and entitlement programs.

So basically, the Federal Government keeps taking more and more of the pie per working adult, spending it on:

1. Killing people and occupying other countries...I mean making us more safe (wink, wink, nudge nudge)
2. Giving it to people who haven't earned it.
3. Giving it to people who haven't earned it.

Thanks feds!

Oh yeah, I didn't mention State Government, who by far the largest employer in each of their respective states with few exceptions. Yay...moar gub'ment please!!


RE: Duh.
By Solandri on 3/1/2013 6:51:51 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The thing is, the number of Federal Government employees per-capita has gone down: from ~13% in 1963 to ~8.4% in 2010.

So, the Federal Government is actually hiring less people (in real dollars) but is spending much more money. This is a result of mainly increased spending on: military spending, subsidies and entitlement programs.

Military spending in 1963 was about 9% of GDP. It's currently about 4.5% of GDP. So military spending is actually the biggest source of decreased government spending in the time period you specify.
http://www.americanthinker.com/Defense%20Spending....

Nate Silver, who was widely championed by the left and lauded for his accurate predictions of the last election, wrote on the topic recently. He's a numbers guy so calls it as the numbers say, regardless of politics.
http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/1...

Basically entitlements and Customs/law enforcement are up. Everything else (including military spending) is down.


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