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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 Dorkyman on 3/1/2013 2:15:43 PM , Rating: 2
Lobbying should be illegal? Why? Whenever there are two or more people involved, there's going to be politics.

Saying "no lobbying" is like saying "it will be sunny every day and rain only at night." Ain't gonna happen.

RE: Duh.
By Motoman on 3/1/2013 3:14:00 PM , Rating: 2
Lobbying should be illegal? Why?

Because of what I said before:

There should be no way for money to exchange hands from interest groups or individuals to elected officials...either as cash, gifts, services, whatever.

Lobbying does nothing but corrupt the politics that, as noted, will always be there. The only upside in lobbying is fattening the wallet of the politician and promoting the desires of a corporation or special interest group, whether or not such desires are consistent with the welfare of the country.

RE: Duh.
By Solandri on 3/1/2013 6:57:39 PM , Rating: 2
I think lobbying is fine. But if you can't vote, you shouldn't be able to lobby. If a company thinks a law is bad, it tells its employees how bad it will be for their jobs, and they will call their representatives to complain about it. If a union things a law is bad, it tells its members, who will call their representatives to complain about it.

No hiring lobbyists either. It's supposed to be one person, one vote. Not one dollar, one vote.

RE: Duh.
By Motoman on 3/2/2013 9:53:29 AM , Rating: 2
...what you've described is outlawing lobbying.

An individual constituent picking up the phone and calling their congresscritter with their concerns isn't lobbying. It's your congresscritter doing their job.

RE: Duh.
By Reclaimer77 on 3/2/2013 1:04:52 PM , Rating: 2
And who the fuck is going to enforce this ban? The same people who sit by and watch our Politicians break every law and piss on the Constitution on a daily basis?

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