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H.R. 1123 (113th): Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 13, 2013 (Introduced).


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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1123

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 13, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Conyers, Mr. Coble, Mr. Watt, Mr. Poe of Texas, and Ms. DelBene) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

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

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act .

2.

Repeal of existing rule and additional rulemaking by Librarian of Congress

(a)

Repeal and replace

Paragraph (3) of section 201.40(b) of title 37, Code of Federal Regulations, as amended and revised by the Librarian of Congress on October 28, 2012, pursuant to his authority under section 1201(a) of title 17, United States Code, shall have no force and effect, and such paragraph shall read, and shall be in effect, as such paragraph was in effect on July 27, 2010.

(b)

Rulemaking

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Librarian of Congress, upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, who shall consult with the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information of the Department of Commerce and report and comment on his or her views in making such recommendation, shall determine, consistent with the requirements set forth under section 1201(a)(1) of title 17, United States Code, whether to extend the exemption for the class of works described in section 201.40(b)(3) of title 37, Code of Federal Regulations, as amended by subsection (a), to include any other category of wireless devices in addition to wireless telephone handsets.

(c)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this Act alters, or shall be construed to alter, the authority of the Librarian of Congress under section 1201(a)(1) of title 17, United States Code.