White House Petition to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking Gets 100K Signatures
It looks like the White House petition drafted to reverse the questionable policy change that outlaws unlocking newer cell phones has been a success. The policy isn't reversed yet, but the securing of 100,000 signatures mandates a look - and a response - from the White House.
As MMi has covered in great detail this year, the controversy in question began when the Register of Copyrights at the Library of Congress determined that unlocking mobile phones would no longer be permissible. A 90-day window, which was established for people to still buy a phone and unlock it, closed at the end of January.
As of now, it is against the law for certain mobile phone owners to unlock their devices for use on other carriers. Understandably, many consumers were not happy with the new policy and a White House petition was drafted in hopes of undoing the policy change.
100,000 signatures were required by the February 23rd deadline. As of 11:00 pm EST on February 22nd, the petition has 109,316 signatures.