FCC: Phone Unlocking Ban Raises Concerns
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski is uneasy about the recently-implemented ban against unlocking cell phones. Speaking to TechCrunch, he said the ban "raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns." Last year, the Library of Congress reversed an exemption built into the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that allowed consumers to unlock their cell phones. Most phones are sold locked to the carrier that sells it, which prevents them from being used on competing networks. The reversal went into effect in January, and it is now illegal to unlock cell phones. Genachowski said, "It's something that we will look at at the FCC to see if we can and should enable consumers to use unlocked phones." However, Genachowski warned that he's not sure what authority the FCC has in this particular case.
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