Unlocking Cell Phones Is Once Again Legal
President Barack Obama today signed into law a bill that makes it legal for Americans to unlock their cell phones. The bill was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives last month. The bill restores a provision in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The provision will be reviewed by the Library of Congress once every three years. Customers will need to meet certain conditions in order to unlock their phones, such as complete their contracts or own their device outright. Unlocked devices can be used on network operators other than the one who sold the device.
Senate Votes to Uphold ZTE Ban in Defense Bill
The Senate approved legislation that would see the ban against ZTE remain in place. The chamber on Monday voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill passed by the Senate every year.
Houses Passes Bill that Could Cripple FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bill HR 2666, which could interfere with the FCC's ability to enforce net neutrality provisions.
Republican Proposal Would Eliminate Lifeline Cell Service for Poor
A new bill proposed by Rep. Austin Scott in Georgia aims to take free cell phones and service away from low-income Americans.
Bill Would Compel Companies to Break Encryption
A new bill introduced by members of the House and Senate would force smartphone makers to crack encryption on devices any time law enforcement asks. A draft of the bill, submitted by Senators Diane Feinstein of California and Richard Burr of North Carolina, says tech firms "must provide in a timely manner responsive, intelligible information or data, or appropriate technical assistance to obtain such information." Feinstein and Burr have been threatening such legislation since last year, but the notion has taken a new direction ever since the FBI asked Apple to help decrypt an iPhone and Apple refused.
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