Bill to Legalize Phone Unlocking Clears Committee
The House Judiciary Committee today approved the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which will eventually make it legal for consumers to unlock their cellphones without first obtaining permission from their wireless carrier. It will also allow third parties to help consumers unlock their cell phones. Earlier this year, an exemption in copyright law expired and unlocking cell phones (without carrier permission) became illegal. Consumer advocates immediately campaigned to have the law reversed. "We all live with our phones 24/7, so it is important for consumers to have the flexibility to pick the service plans that work for them," said Internet Subcommittee Chairman Howard Coble, co-sponsor of the bill. Now that the bill has passed committee, it must be approved by the full House of Representatives.
Nov 27, 2018
Facebook today announced its intent to expand the availability of Watch Parties to all pages and profiles across the social network. Watch Parties launched strictly in Facebook Groups earlier this year, and since then Facebook says there have been 12 million Watch Parties.
Jan 8, 2021
Motorola today unveiled a full lineup of four new affordable phones, including three g-series models ranging from $169 – $299 and one 5G model for $399. All four feature large batteries (4,000 – 5,000 mAh) and large displays (6.5 – 6.8 inches).
Aug 12, 2021
A bipartisan group of three US Senators has introduced new legislation that would place major new rules on the app stores run by Apple and Google. The Open App Markets Act would: Ensure users could access third-party app stores and make them the default.
Oct 1, 2018
California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Sunday that made net neutrality the law, but the state was quickly sued by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Dec 20, 2019
The Senate this week passed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, a bill aimed at fighting the scourge of unsolicited robocalls. The House of Representatives passed the bill earlier this month, and the President is expected to sign the bill into law within days.