FCC Chairman: Commission will investigate phone unlocking ban

FCC-logoYou all remember the phone unlocking ban that was put in place by the FCC only about a month ago, right? Well, it has received its fair share of ridicule since going into law, and now it is looking the FCC may take another look into the matter. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said that the “ban raises competition concerns,” while also saying it could hinder innovation in the field. This, however, was the best part of the conversation he had with TechCrunch:

It’s something that we will look at at the FCC to see if we can and should enable consumers to use unlocked phones.

Hopefully the FCC can do something about this, as the current punishments for unlocking your phone (if you are caught, that is), are pretty insane. For those that don’t know what this is about, the DMCA was changed to make it illegal for consumers in the United States for unlock devices that are locked to a specific carrier. This comes in handy for consumers that oft travel abroad, as it allows them to use their phone on international carriers to avoid roaming fees.

What do you think? Hope the FCC can reverse this? Or are you supportive of the law? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.


Via: TmoNews, TechCrunch

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