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Obama Admintistration Urges FCC to require carriers to unlock mobile devices

The White House wants the FCC to allow cell phone users to used their “unlocked” mobile phones to switich between mobile phone carriers more easily.

See article here http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/obama-administration-urges-fcc-to-require-carriers-to-unlock-mobile-devices/2013/09/17/17b4917e-1fd4-11e3-b7d1-7153ad47b549_story.html  .

By Matthew Salava

A senior Information Technology student at FSU. I will be graduating in Spring 2014.

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The Obama Administration has petitioned the FCC to require wireless carriers to unlock all mobile devices (including tablets). The Administration believes that unlocking these devices will allow consumers to switch between mobile phone carriers more easily while also encouraging competition between the mobile phone carriers.

If this mobile device unlocking proposal did make it through into actual law it would also encourage a revision the US Copyright Law as this law is currently another obstacle to the unlocking of mobile devices. The Copyright Law makes it difficult for the mobile phone carriers to allow unlocked mobile devices as they fear that some consumers could violate the Copyright Law by using copyrighted software on their phone that they were not supposed to have access to; depending on who owns the copyright/patent for each particular piece of software.

Therefore if this mobile device unlocking proposal does make it into law along with revisions to the US Copyright law dealing with mobile software this could change the way the market for mobile devices works. This change could be beneficial to consumers as they would be able to switch more easily between different mobile phone carriers.

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