Items tagged "Cell Phone Unlocking"

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Public Knowledge, Groups Urge GSMA to Preserve Consumer Ownership Rights of Mobile Devices

April 25, 2018 Cell Phone Unlocking , consumer choice , consumer protections , eSIM , GSMA

Today, Public Knowledge joins Consumers Union and Center for Democracy & Technology in a letter urging the Global System Mobile Association (GSMA) to preserve consumers’ ownership and portability rights over their mobile devices.

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Major Wireless Carriers’ Commitment is Only the First Step for Real Device Unlocking

February 11, 2015 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Cell Phone Unlocking , FCC

Today, the FCC announced that the major wireless phone providers have met their commitment to unlocking consumers’ phones, allowing them to use their devices on competitors’ networks.

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House Passes Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Under Unanimous Consent

July 25, 2014 Cell Phone Unlocking , DMCA

This afternoon, the House passed S. 517, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, under unanimous consent. The bill allows consumers to “unlock” their cell phones so they can take a phone with them from one service provider to another. The bill already passed in the Senate, and will now make its way to the President’s desk for signing.

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Cell Phone Unlocking Bill Passes Out of Senate Judiciary Committee

July 10, 2014 Cell Phone Unlocking , Copyright Reform , DMCA

Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee, led by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA), approved S 517, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. The bill allows consumers to “unlock” their cell phones so they can take a phone with them from one service provider to another.

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Senators Leahy and Grassley Move Forward on Cell Phone Unlocking Bill

June 23, 2014 Cell Phone Unlocking , DMCA

Today, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) moved forward on new language for the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. The updated version of the bill restores the exemption granted by the Copyright Office under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) allowing customers to “unlock” their cell phones.

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Public Knowledge Asks Congress for a Permanent Fix to Cell Phone Unlocking

March 28, 2013 Anticircumvention , Cell Phone Unlocking , DMCA

Today, Public Knowledge sent a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees requesting an exemption in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that would allow people to unlock their cell phones. The letter, signed by a slew of organizations, academics, online communities, startup companies, and cell phone unlocking petition author Sina Khanifar, details that […]

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Digital Locks on Copyright: Room for Reform?

September 22, 2014 1201 Reform , Anticircumvention , Cell Phone Unlocking , DMCA

Last Wednesday’s copyright hearing in the House IP Subcommittee may have borne the soporific title of “Chapter 12 of Title 17,” but the debate involved was lively. The titular Chapter 12 involves the anticircumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), the source of the crisis over phone unlocking.

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The Story of Cell Phone Unlocking Reform

July 29, 2014 1201 , Anti-circumvention , Cell Phone Unlocking , DMCA

This is the story of historic legislation getting passed through an extremely partisan and divided Congress.

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