FCC Will Investigate Ban Placed on Cell Phone Unlocking
March 1, 2013 8:48 AM
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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
, "[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."
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3/1/2013 3:41:19 PM
Traditionally quite well. What's happened is that basically the last three Presidents have been deep into Cronyism. And the size and power of the Government has quadrupled.
Exclusively blaming lobbying or lobbyist isn't constructive, you need to widen your scope bro.
The Founders really knew what they were doing when they set this nation up. It's too bad we don't adhere to the Constitution. It's a lot easier to "bribe" one Senator today than it was to bribe 30 or 50 Governors and legislatures in the past. As you increase the scale of the Federal Government, you increase lobbying as well.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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