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Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Cell Phone Unlocking Legislation

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Location: Washington, DC

On Thursday at 10:00 a.m., the Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee will hold a hearing on H.R. 1123, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. This legislation restores the exemption, enacted by the Copyright Office, to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that permits consumers to unlock their cell phones without the approval of their wireless provider. The exemption was allowed to expire for cell phones purchased after January 26, 2013.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Chairman Howard Coble (R-N.C.) released the following statements in advance of Thursday's hearing.

Chairman Goodlatte: "I was pleased to have House Judiciary Ranking Member Conyers, Subcommittee Chairman Coble and Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee Ranking Member Watt join me in introducing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. This bipartisan legislationrestores consumers' ability to unlock their mobile phones allowing them flexibility when it comes to choosing a wireless carrier. This is an important issue to all consumers and I look forward to continuing our work."

Subcommittee Chairman Coble: "We all live with our phones 24/7, so it is important for consumers to have the flexibility to pick the service plans that work for them."

Witnesses for tomorrow's hearing include:

Mr. Steven K. Berry, President and Chief Executive Officer, Competitive Carriers Association;
Mr. Michael Altschul, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, CTIA -- The Wireless Association;
Mr. George Slover, Senior Policy Counsel, Consumers Union; and
Mr. Steven J. Metalitz, Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.

The hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn. All House Judiciary Committee hearings are webcast live at www.judiciary.house.gov. For more information about this hearing, visit http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/113th/hear_06062013.html


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