WASHINGTON, June 23 -- The Competitive Carriers Association issued the following news release:
Today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) released updated legislation on device unlocking that would allow consumers the right to unlock their mobile devices for use on another network. CCA (Competitive Carriers Association) commends Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley and the Committee for their continued work and supports efforts to ensure consumers have the ability to use the device of their choosing on their network of choice.
In a statement, CCA President & CEO Steven K. Berry said, "I thank Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley and the Committee for their work on device unlocking - a very important issue for consumers and competitive carriers. Many smaller rural and regional carriers still have trouble accessing the newest, most iconic devices, and I am pleased the Committee is working to reverse the Library of Congress's unfortunate decision to end the exemption for unlocking mobile devices."
"With the House passage of H.R. 1223, the 'Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act' earlier this year, the Senate's action today is just one step closer to restoring consumers' rights to use the device of their choosing to the network that best fits their needs and desires. Our members want to provide their customers the best services possible - no matter which device the consumer chooses. I thank the Committee for their work on this important issue and urge swift action on the legislation."
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