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Released: July 25, 2014
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See MCI v. FCC, 515 F.2d 385 (D.C. Cir. 1974).

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July 25, 2014

Matthew Berry (202) 418-2005

Email: Matthew.Berry@fcc.gov

STATEMENT OF FCC COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI

APPLAUDING CONGRESS FOR TAKING ACTION ON CELLPHONE UNLOCKING

I applaud Congress for passing S. 517, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless

Competition Act. This is a victory for American consumers. This legislation makes clear that Americans

will not be subject to criminal prosecution or civil fines just for unlocking their wireless phones in order

to move from one carrier to another. Contract law—not copyright or criminal law—should govern the

relationship between consumers and wireless carriers. This measure will help the free market for wireless

phones and services flourish—freedom that I hope will soon extend to tablets and other wireless devices.

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