FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said in an interview with TechCrunch that the ban on unlocking of phones is something that FCC would look at in a bid to see if consumers should be allowed to use unlocked phones or not. He went on to say that such a ban not only raises competition concerns but, it also raises concerns on innovations.
Following modifications in the rules of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by the Library of Congress, US unlocking of phones was banned in the US and it became illegal to do so starting January 2013.
Usually customers unlock their phones because of two reasons. Some are unhappy with the services their carrier provide while others practice unlocking in order to save a lot of money as the unlocked phones are usually hundreds of dollars more than thee carrier locked phones. But, now it seems that the golden days have gone for the consumers and those who try to unlock newly purchased mobile phones after January can face a $500,000 fine and up to five years in jail.
A recent petition on White House’s official website received more than 100,000 signatures which is the minimum number required to demand official response from the Federal Government.