100,000 people want to be able to unlock their phones and not face legal action

Petition to remove law that makes unlocking your phone illegal hits 100k signatures.

@CharlesJGantt
Published Thu, Feb 21 2013 2:32 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

You might remember a small decision by law makers last month that made it illegal to unlock your smartphone without carrier consent. The decision apparently inflamed at least 100,000 Americans who signed a petition on Whitehouse.gov in hopes of getting the law overturned.

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Former House Republican staffer Derek Khanna lead the campaign to get an official response from the Obama administration, and now that the petition has passed the 100,000 mark, it will have to do just that.

Other high profile supporters of the petition included: Electronic Frontier Foundation founder John Perry Barlow, Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly publishing fame and Internet granddaddy Vint Cerf. "Their interest shows that this a big issue, that this an important issue, and that the law itself is asinine. It's a long process, but this is a clearly a show of force," Khanna said.

NEWS SOURCE:venturebeat.com

A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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