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For Immediate Release
July 31, 2013
Contact: Beth Breeding 202.225.5431

HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVES GOODLATTE'S CELL PHONE UNLOCKING BILL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Judiciary Committee today approved the bipartisan Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act (H.R. 1123), legislation that restores the exemption that permits consumers to unlock their cell phones without the approval of their wireless provider. The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which passed by voice vote, also allows third parties to assist consumers, when necessary, in unlocking their cell phones further ensuring that all consumers have the ability to unlock their cell phone.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, chief sponsor of the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, issued the following statement:

“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 it is imperative that Congress act to restore the exemption that allowed consumers to unlock their cell phones.  I am pleased the Committee has approved this important legislation and look forward to a House vote on this bill soon.”

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CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE
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