S. 517 (113th): Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act


Mar 11, 2013
113th Congress, 2013–2015


Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 1, 2014

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on August 1, 2014.


Pub.L. 113-144


Patrick Leahy

Senior Senator from Vermont



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Last Updated: Jul 15, 2014
Length: 6 pages

About the bill

Full Title

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


The bill would allow consumers to use their mobile devices with any wireless carrier. It also expands the right to unlock devices from mobile phones to all wireless devices. Unlocking mobile devices would allow consumers to choose their wireless service provider and would prevent wireless providers from restricting mobile phones to operating only on certain networks.

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Mar 11, 2013

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Jul 10, 2014
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Jul 15, 2014
Passed Senate

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Jul 25, 2014
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Aug 1, 2014
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

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