Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the chairman of a House telecommunications and Internet panel, doesn't seem to be fond of the AT&T exclusivity of the iPhone here in the U.S. if you live in massachusetts you should keep voting for this guy ^_^
If you think back a few months you'll remember when unlocked iPhones went for sale in Germany by T-mobile and in France by Orange.
Following the European rule which requires unlocked versions of phones to be sold if this U.S. Bill passes you'll see unlocked iPhones sold by law. This is because Bill's the draft has the wording providers " . . . shall offer to consumers the opportunity to purchase subsidy-free wireless customer equipment." If you would like to read the Bill in full check out the 27 page pdf.
Of course if such a Bill passes AT&T will be sure to fire up and find a loophole to the law just as T-Mobile did in Germany in order to retain their exclusivity.
If this Bill passes it would be great news to those that want an unlocked iPhone but are afraid to mod and unlock or are unwilling to switch carriers to AT&T.
I wonder what Apple's reaction would be if this Bill passes. I would guess they wouldn't be too pleased considering that AT&T purportedly pays Apple in excess of $400 per iPhone per two year contract. Odds are that if this bill passes the unlocked iPhone will cost significantly more to make up for the loss of this revenue.
[news.com via iphonealley]