Ever since the DMCA had changes made to make unlocking cell phones illegal, there has been an overwhelming outcry to have that changed. Recently, the White House responded to a petition that reached, and exceeded, the 100,000 signature requirement stating that it has taken a stance with the people, claiming that cell phone unlocking should be legal, and that it would look into the necessary actions needed to make this happen. Apparently, that was only the beginning of the good news. According to a new report coming from The Hill, several senators and representatives are almost ready to propose new legislation that would make cell phone unlocking legal.
The Hill states that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) have given confirmation that they plan on proposing bills that will legalize cell phone unlocking, with Leahy saying:
I intend to work in a bipartisan, bicameral fashion to restore users’ ability to unlock their phones and provide them with the choice and freedom that we have all come to expect in the digital era.
Seeing as the punishment for unlocking a cell phone, if caught of course, is completely outrageous, it is good to see some movement on this come so quickly. Hopefully something related to this will be passed just as quickly as it’s being proposed, because the law will only continue to be challenged until some change is made.
What do you think? Glad to see something being proposed soon? Hoping to see something making it legal pass soon? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.