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This bill passed in the House on February 25, 2014 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.
74% chance of being enacted.
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Last updated Feb 26, 2014.
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To promote consumer choice and wireless competition by permitting consumers to unlock mobile wireless devices, and for other purposes.
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H.R. 1123--113th Congress: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. (2013). In www.GovTrack.us. Retrieved March 7, 2014, from http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1123
“H.R. 1123--113th Congress: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act.” www.GovTrack.us. 2013. March 7, 2014 <http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1123>
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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.
The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
This summary can be found at http://www.gop.gov/bill/113/2/hr1123.
H.R. 1123 is the result of an online petition submitted in 2013 to the White House asking consumers be able to legally unlock their phone. The petition received 114,000 signatures. The bulk unlocking provision in the bill is supported by the Friends of Police.
H.R. 1123 repeals a Library of Congress (LOC) rulemaking determination made on October 28, 2012 (upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights) regarding the circumvention of technological measure controlling access to copyrighted software on wireless telephone handsets (cell phones) for the purpose of connecting to different wireless telecommunications networks. This practice is commonly known as “unlocking.” This legislation replaces this with a rulemaking determination that went into effect on July 27, 2010. This would reinstate the exemption that allowed consumers to be able to legally unlock their cell phones so that they can use it on other cellular networks.
In addition, this legislation allows any individual who wishes to unlock their cell phone for personal use to seek help from others without violating anti-circumvention provisions and clarifies that this bill does not permit the unlocking of cell phones for the purpose of bulk resale. Finally, H.R. 1123 directs the Librarian to study the issue of unlocking other cellular devices (e.g. tablets) and enact a rulemaking for these devices.
CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 1123 would have no significant effect on discretionary spending over the 2014-2018 period. In addition, enacting H.R. 1123 would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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