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For Immediate Release
February 25, 2014
Contact: Beth Breeding 202-225-5431

HOUSE PASSES PRO-CONSUMER CELL PHONE UNLOCKING BILL

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, 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.

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CONGRESSMAN BOB GOODLATTE
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