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Americans Are One Signature Away From Legally Unlocking Cell Phones

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Jul
2014

It may seem like common sense to have phones automatically switch carriers or use new carriers when abroad, but a controversial line in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act had made it illegal in 1998 to unlock a cell phone to switch service providers. After 19 months of petitioning President Barack Obama (amounting to more than 114,000 signatures) and pushing the bill, the House agreed to fix the legislation. This is something that Americans have been asking for and I am pleased that we were able to work together to ensure the swift passage of legislation restoring the exemption that allowed consumers to unlock their phones, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said in a statement. We love you #unlocking bill! — Christopher J. Lewis (@ChrisJ_Lewis) June 6, 2013

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