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H.R.1123: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about science, technology, communications
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Sponsor Robert W. Goodlatte, R-Va.
Total Cosponsors 10 (7 Democrats, 3 Republicans)
Introduced March 13, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 26, 2014
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Bill Summary

Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act - Repeals a Library of Congress (LOC) rulemaking determination, made upon the recommendation of the Register of Copyrights, regarding the circumvention of technological measures controlling access to copyrighted software on wireless telephone handsets (mobile telephones) for the purpose of connecting to different wireless telecommunications networks (a practice commonly referred to as "unlocking" such devices). Reestablishes, as an exemption to provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) prohibiting such circumvention, a previous LOC rule permitting the use of computer programs, in the form of firmware or software, that enable used wireless telephone handsets to connect to a wireless telecommunications network, when circumvention is initiated by the owner of the copy of such computer program solely to connect to such a network and access to the network is authorized by the network operator, thus permitting unloc...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 26, 2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Feb. 25, 2014

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 295 - 114 (Roll no. 64). (text: CR H1904-1905)

Feb. 25, 2014 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H1922-1923)
Feb. 25, 2014 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
Feb. 25, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1123.
Feb. 25, 2014 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H1904-1912)
Feb. 25, 2014 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. (consideration: CR H1904)
Feb. 25, 2014 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 264.
Feb. 25, 2014 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 113-356.
July 31, 2013 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
July 31, 2013 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
July 22, 2013 Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Discharged.
June 6, 2013 Subcommittee Hearings Held.
April 15, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, And The Internet.
March 13, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.