United States President Barack Obama signed a bipartisan bill into law last Friday that endeavors to make life easier for mobile phones without the need to pay for a new phone.
Dubbed as the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, this bill turn around the decision created by the Library of Congress a couple of years ago that implies that unlocking cell phones for use on other existing networks without their permission of the providers is illegal.
This will indicate that providers such as AT& or Verizon could legally lock the mobile phone users wherein the user would resort to shouldering huge costs while
That means that providers like AT&T or Verizon could legally keep a consumer’s phone “locked,” in which case the person would face large costs changing carriers or linking to other carriers that are based outside of the US.
The tandem of Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, and Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, sponsored the bill, which smoothly cruised through the Congress several days ago.
President Obama also showed his supported the act eversince, especially after a White House petition requesting him to support the bill that will make unlocking phones like tables and other portable mobile phones lastingly legal obtained more than 114,000 signatures across the country.
President Obama stated, “The bill Congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, as well as find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget.”
This development is a win-win situation for mobile phone users. Laura Moy, an attorney at advocacy group Public said that the act will guarantee that users will have the freedom to do whatever they may wish, that is, use their mobile phones no matter what network they are linked.
The bill safeguards the users who unlock their devices from possible civil and criminal liability under an overreach copyright law known as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which was whipped up to secure the copyright but hands out undesirable and disadvantageous outcomes
Moy also said that the act will save millions of the phones getting wasted.
The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, provides the Library of Congress the power to review copyright exceptions and providing the people the opportunity to unlock their mobile phones. From 2006 and 2010 cellphone unlocking of mobile phones was perfectly legal. In 2012, the renewal
However, he has the power to review copyright exceptions, including whether consumers can unlock their cell phones, every three years. In 2006 and 2010 cell phone unlocking was renewed as an exception to DMCA, meaning it was legal. But in 2012, the renewal was removed which paved the for the petition and later the bill.