Τά “ξεκλείδωτα” κινητά τηλέφωνα θά μπορούσαν νά είναι νόμιμα, προτείνοντας
νά γίνουν οι απαραίτητες αλλά ξεκάθαρες τροποποιήσεις στήν Νομοθεσία! Διαβάστε και το προηγούμενο από τις 4 Φεβρουαρίου:www.aoristies.gr/2013/02/blog-post_4137.html
By CHENDA NGAK / CBS NEWS/ March 4, 2013, 3:22 PM
White House says unlocking cell phones should be legal
The White House responded to a petition calling for the legalization of cell phone unlocking on Monday.
The petition titled “Make Unlocking Cell Phones Legal” was
posted two days before it became illegal for Americans to unlock cell phones to use with different wireless carriers. The rule was issued in October 2012 by the Librarian of Congress as part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and went into effect on Jan. 26, 2013.
The new rule makes it illegal for people to unlock a cell phone without the permission of the carrier it was originally purchased from. If consumers want an unlocked phone, they must buy it that way.
The petition, which garnered 114,322 votes, argues that the rule forces consumers to pay exorbitant roaming fees when making calls abroad, reduces choices and decreases the resale value of the devices.
The White House responded by saying that it should be legal to unlock cell phones and suggests fixing the legislation to make clear that neither the law nor technological locks should prevent consumers from switching carriers, if they are not bound by a service contract.
“It’s common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers’ needs,” wrote R. David Edelman, a White House senior advisor on Internet, innovation and privacy. And pointed out that it is particularly important for secondhand or gift devices.
Edelman called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to work with the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to address the issue.
FCC chairman Julius Genachowski released a statement Monday saying he was concerned about how the rules would affect competition and innovation.
“From a communications policy perspective, this raises serious competition and innovation concerns, and for wireless consumers, it doesn’t pass the common sense test,” Genachowski wrote. “The FCC is examining this issue, looking into whether the agency, wireless providers, or others should take action to preserve consumers’ ability to unlock their mobile phones. I also encourage Congress to take a close look and consider a legislative solution.”
In an emailed statement, the petition’s author Sina Khanifar says that Edelman called him to inform him that the White House would respond and was “enthusiastic about getting this fixed as quickly as possible.”
Khanifar says he hopes that Section 1201 of the DMCA will be amended or removed altogether.
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