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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 Reclaimer77 on 3/1/2013 2:37:19 PM , Rating: 2
So taxation without representation?

I would like to believe a middle ground could be reached. Not all lobbying is harmful. Some protect our rights, like the NRA/gun lobby.

RE: Duh.
By Solandri on 3/1/2013 7:05:49 PM , Rating: 2
That's the flip side of removing corporate influence from government. Eliminate corporate taxes. Pass or firm up laws which prohibit (or make or make it difficult for) someone to live vicariously through a corporation (i.e. the company pays their living and travel expenses). All taxes should fall directly on the voters, so they can see in their paychecks exactly how much of the economy the government takes up. No more hiding taxes in the increased cost of goods and services by shifting it to corporations.

Lobbying by the NRA or ACLU is unnecessary. If there's a bill they're concerned about, they just have to send out a bulletin to their members (super-easy now with the Internet). And the members who feel it is important enough will call their representatives to complain/support.

RE: Duh.
By JediJeb on 3/1/2013 10:16:35 PM , Rating: 2
That would be the ideal way to do things. Only allow lobbyists to lobby the population, not the politicians directly.

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