The "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act" (S. 517) reverses an October 2012 decision by the Library of Congress's Copyright Office that said unlocking cellphones without the carrier's permission is prohibited under 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The Senate passed a bill July 15 that would let consumers unlock their cellphones instead of buying new ones when they switch providers.
Preliminary results from the survey released July 8 showed that about 40 percent of homes had only cell or mobile phones during the second half of 2013. That was an increase of 1.6 percentage points from the first half of the year and 2.8 percentage points since the second half of 2012.
The European Union implemented new roaming charge rules across its 28 member countries, capping how much people can be charged for making outgoing calls, getting incoming calls, sending text messages and going online.
Digital information contained on mobile devices is constitutionally protected from search by a police officer without a warrant, ruled the Supreme Court June 25.
The Federal Communications Commission hosted a workshop on the prevention of mobile device theft June 19, in an effort to rally stakeholders and put forth an implementable solution within six months. "The issue has been identified. The low-hanging fruit solutions to this issue have been picked. It's time to climb higher up the tree," said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler during the event.
A pair of notices posted to FedBizOpps June 20 show the DoD is looking to purchase enterprise apps at a discount to host on its app store as well as gather strategies for fostering custom mobile app development. It also has a number of questions about how to best support commercial mobile devices while ensuring compliance with National Security Agency security and privacy standards.
Saying he didn't have jurisdiction, a Florida circuit court judge recently dismissed a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida against a local police department to produce documents about the use of controversial cellphone tracking devices.
After a reaching a bipartisan compromise, the Senate Judiciary Committee will take up a bill June 26 that would allow consumers to unlock their cellphones so they can switch providers without buying a new phone. Members announced the compromise June 23 after working on it for months, they said.
The Homeland Security Department announced the Mobile Technology Security project June 13, one of several targeted research and development projects its science and technology directorate will pursue under a five-year broad agency announcement.