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

About the bill

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.

In 2013, after a petition on We the People (a website that allows individuals to petition the White House for a response if a petition reaches 100,000 signatures) advocated for consumers to be able to take their phones with them when switching wireless carriers, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a ruling asserting the right of consumers to unlock their devices.

The bill directs the Library of Congress to repeal current federal regulations and …

Sponsor and status

Patrick Leahy

Sponsor. Senator for Vermont. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 28, 2014
Length: 2 pages
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

10 Cosponsors (6 Democrats, 4 Republicans)


Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

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

Passed House (Senate next) on Feb 25, 2014. 80% incorporated. (compare text)


Mar 11, 2013

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jun 26, 2014
Considered by Senate Committee on the Judiciary

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Jul 10, 2014
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue 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 (House next)

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.

S. 517 (113th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 517. This is the one from the 113th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2015. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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