Today, Mark Udall commended the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for following through on his call for the agency to work with cell phone service providers to crack down on stolen cell phones. Udall called on the FCC and providers to help protect consumers and aid law enforcement in their efforts to curb cell phone thefts, in response to increasingly violent cell phone-related crimes. Both the FCC and the industry heeded Udall's call and announced that they would build a central database of stolen cellphones to prevent them from being reactivated again - thereby undermining their resale value and choking the black market for those stolen phones.
"I commend the FCC and cell phone service providers for agreeing on a solution that helps law enforcement crack down on violent cell phone theft," Udall said. "This plan allows the service providers, law enforcement officials and regulators to come together in a coordinated effort that helps ensure the safety of consumers. Turning these stolen cell phones into worthless bricks, instead of black market gold, is a positive step toward protecting Americans."