H.R. 1123: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act

Introduced:
Mar 13, 2013
Status:
Passed House
Prognosis
74% chance of being enacted
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Sponsor
Bob Goodlatte
Representative for Virginia's 6th congressional district
Party
Republican
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Last Updated
Feb 26, 2014
Length
6 pages
Related Bills
S. 517 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 11, 2013

 
Status

This bill passed in the House on February 25, 2014 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Progress
Introduced Mar 13, 2013
Referred to Committee Mar 13, 2013
Reported by Committee Jul 31, 2013
Passed House Feb 25, 2014
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...
Prognosis

74% chance of being enacted.

Only about 23% of bills that made it past committee in 2011–2013 were enacted. [show factors | methodology]

 
Full Title

To promote consumer choice and wireless competition by permitting consumers to unlock mobile wireless devices, and for other purposes.

Summary

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Votes
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Feb 25, 2014 7:09 p.m.
Passed 295/114

Cosponsors
10 cosponsors (7D, 3R) (show)
Committees

House Judiciary

Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet

Senate Judiciary

The committee chair determines whether a bill will move past the committee stage.

 
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Library of Congress Summary

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.


2/25/2014--Passed House amended.
Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act - Repeals a Library of Congress (LOC) rulemaking determination, made upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, regarding the circumvention of technological measures controlling access to copyrighted software on wireless telephone handsets (mobile telephones) for the purpose of connecting to different wireless telecommunications networks (a practice commonly referred to as "unlocking" such devices).
Reestablishes, as an exemption to provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) prohibiting such circumvention, a previous LOC rule permitting the use of computer programs, in the form of firmware or software, that enable used wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telecommunications network, when circumvention is initiated by the owner of the copy of such computer program solely to connect to such a network and access to the network is authorized by the network operator, thus permitting unlocked phones.
Directs the Librarian of Congress, upon the recommendation of the Register, to determine whether to extend such exemption to include any other category of wireless devices in addition to wireless telephone handsets (e.g., tablets and other mobile broadband-enabled devices).
Allows such circumvention (unlocking) to be initiated by the owner of such a device, by another person at the direction of the owner, or by a provider of a commercial mobile radio service or a commercial mobile data service at the direction of such owner or other person, solely in order to enable such owner or a family member of such owner to connect to a wireless telecommunications network, when such connection is authorized by the operator of such network.
Prohibits such owner-directed unlocking from being construed to:
(1) permit the unlocking of devices for the purpose of bulk resale, or
(2) authorize the Librarian to authorize circumvention for such purpose.

House Republican Conference Summary

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