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CU’s Petition to Extend Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Mobile Device Unlocking Exemption

SUMMARY: In previous triennial reviews, Consumers Union proposed an exemption to the anti-circumvention prohibition in section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) for mobile phone and mobile wireless communications device unlocking. This exemption would enable consumers with used mobile devices to connect them to the wireless communications network of their choice. We wrote to Congress and the FCC in spring 2013 urging them to restore the exemption. We worked closely with the House and Senate in helping Congress enact the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. And we supported renewal of the exemption in the most recent review, as we do now. For the full documents: