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S.517: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about science, technology, communications
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Sponsor Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt.
Total Cosponsors 10 (6 Democrats, 4 Republicans)
Introduced March 11, 2013
Latest Major Action Aug. 1, 2014
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Bill Progress

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Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the Senate on July 10, 2014. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

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 c...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Aug. 1, 2014 Became Public Law No: 113-144.
Aug. 1, 2014 Signed by President.
July 28, 2014 Presented to President.
July 25, 2014 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
July 25, 2014 On passage Passed by voice vote. (text: CR H6835-6836)
July 25, 2014 Considered by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR H6835-6836)
July 25, 2014 Mr. Chaffetz asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and consider.
July 17, 2014 By Senator Leahy from Committee on the Judiciary filed written report. Report No. 113-212.
July 16, 2014 Held at the desk.
July 16, 2014 Received in the House.
July 16, 2014 Message on Senate action sent to the House.
July 15, 2014 Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S4510-4511; text as passed Senate: CR S4510-4511)
July 10, 2014 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 461.
July 10, 2014 Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Leahy with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
July 10, 2014 Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported with an amendment favorably.
March 11, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text of measure as introduced: CR S1595)