CNET REPORTING- Lawmakers join effort to legalize cell phone unlocking

A day after the Obama administration endorsed an online petition to legalize cell phone unlocking, a senator introduces a bill that would allow consumers to take their handsets to other carriers.

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A day after the White House endorsed cell phone unlocking, several lawmakers voiced support today for legislation to legalize the process.

The Obama administration threw its support behind an Internet petition yesterday that asks the Library of Congress to change its stance on the legality of smartphone unlocking. The process became illegal earlier this year when the Library of Congress, which has the responsibility of reviewing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act every three years, opted not to renew the exemption for unlocking phones.

The change, which prevents prevent cell phones from being used on other carrier networks, caused quite a stir in the wireless community, leading to an online petition that garnered some 114,322 signatures before winning the president’s support.

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