White House agrees with common sense: phone unlocking should not be illegal

Word from on high is that cellphone unlocking may be restored to its proper legal place.

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(I)t is also worth noting the statement the Library of Congress released today on the broader public policy concerns of the issue. Clearly the White House and Library of Congress agree that the DMCA exception process is a rigid and imperfect fit for this telecommunications issue, and we want to ensure this particular challenge for mobile competition is solved.

There's no single path forward from this statement, as the response mentions "narrow legislative fixes," FCC action, the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) pushing the FCC, pushing mobile providers, and "continuing to work with Congress." That last bit sounds just a bit off-putting of late, no?

In any case: the White House agrees that making it illegal for an individual to unlock a phone is ridiculous. What happens next is, hopefully, a reversal of that law, before technology moves once more past the law-writers in Washington.

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