Contact: Amanda Walker, (202) 225-3951
Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today approved H.R. 1123, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act by a vote of 295-114. This bipartisan bill, which restores the exemption that allowed consumers to unlock their cell phones, is a simple, but important, fix to a serious problem that consumers face today. H.R. 1123 is supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, Competitive Carriers Association, Consumers Union, CTIA, and Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chief sponsor of the bill, applauded today’s passage.
Chairman Goodlatte: “The bipartisan Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act protects consumer choice by allowing consumers flexibility when it comes to choosing a wireless carrier. This is something that Americans have been asking for and I am pleased that the House of Representatives acted to restore the exemption that will allow consumers to unlock their cell phones.”
Background: The exemption that permitted consumers to unlock their cell phones without the approval of their wireless provider expired on January 26, 2013.