FCC to investigate cell phone unlocking ban

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It is never good to put a ban on something that does not harm anyone and on something which a lot of people, which should actually be their rights. For example, let us take the ban on smart phone unlocking. We pay for the smart phone, and we pay to the carrier. When this is the situation, why are we not allowed to unlock our smart phones and switch to any carrier we want? Well, this really sounds horrible.

The wireless carriers are against the unlocking of smart phones for a reason, and it is a legit one. But we, as consumers, are just not ready to accept it. Once this decision was made public, the online community of smart phone users and unlockers was very disappointed. This lead to the online uproar, and as a result, the Federal Communications Commission has said that it is going to look into the situation and investigate the same.

Gregory Fernestein of Tech Crunch writes:

“The “ban raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told me last night at a TechCrunch CrunchGov event at our San Francisco headquarters.

Until earlier this year, consumers were free to “unlock” their smartphones, which permitted them to switch carriers. For six years, the Library of Congress exempted cell phone unlocks from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which bans “circumvention” of copy protection schemes. The decision was reversed during the last round of triennial reviews.”

It is important to note that Julius Genachowski actually did not promise anything. The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has told that he will into it and see if there is anything he can do about it. If there is a way of trying to let users unlock their smart phones, the Chairman said that it will be done, probably. But it is never true until it happens.

Source: Tech Crunch