IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 5, 2013
Mr. Wydenintroduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on the Judiciary
To allow consumers to unlock mobile wireless devices for interoperability purposes.
This Act may be cited as
Wireless Device Independence Act
Allowing consumers to unlock cell phones
of title 17, United States Code, is amended by striking
not apply to
personsand inserting the following: “not apply to—
a user of a computer program, in the form of firmware or software, that enables a wireless telephone handset, or other wireless device that can connect to the Internet, originally acquired from the operator of a wireless telecommunications network or retailer to connect to a different wireless telecommunications network if—
the user legally owns a copy of the computer program;
the use of the computer program by the user is solely for the purpose of connecting to such wireless telecommunications network; and
the access to such wireless telecommunications network is authorized by the operator of the network; or
Section 1201(a)(1) of title 17, United States Code, is amended—
(E), by striking
Neither the exceptionand inserting
Neither of the exceptions.
The amendments made by this Act shall take effect as if enacted on January 26, 2013.