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03-05-2013 Wireless Device Independence Act Bill Text

03-05-2013 Wireless Device Independence Act Bill Text

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Wyden Wireless Device Independence Act
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ALB13176

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113TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION

S. ll

To allow consumers to unlock cell phones for interoperability purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
Mr. WYDEN llllllllll introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on llllllllll

A BILL
To allow consumers to unlock cell phones for interoperability purposes. 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-

2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 4
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Wireless Device Inde-

5 pendence Act of 2013’’. 6 7
SEC. 2. ALLOWING CONSUMERS TO UNLOCK CELL PHONES.

(a) IN GENERAL.—Section 1201(a)(1)(B) of title 17,

8 United States Code, is amended by striking ‘‘not apply 9 to persons’’ and inserting the following: ‘‘not apply to— 10 11 ‘‘(i) a user of a computer program, in the form of firmware or software, that en-

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2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 (b) ables a wireless telephone handset, or other wireless device that can connect to the Internet, originally acquired from the operator of a wireless telecommunications network or retailer to connect to a different wireless telecommunications network if— ‘‘(I) the user legally owns a copy of the computer program; ‘‘(II) the use of the computer program by the user is solely for the purpose of connecting to such wireless telecommunications network; and ‘‘(III) the access to such wireless telecommunications network is authorized by the operator of the network; or ‘‘(ii) persons’’. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.—Section

19 1201(a)(1) of title 17, United States Code, is amended— 20 21 22 23 24 25 (1) in subparagraph (C), by striking ‘‘subparagraph (B)’’ and inserting ‘‘subparagraph (B)(ii)’’; and (2) in subparagraph (E), by striking ‘‘Neither the exception’’ and inserting ‘‘Neither of the exceptions’’.

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SEC. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.

The amendments made by this Act shall take effect

3 as if enacted on January 26, 2013.

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