# White House Supports Cell Phone Unlocking
Earlier this week, the starter of the [White House petition to "Make Unlocking
Cell Phones Legal"] posted a [thread on Hacker News] stating that the
White House had officially responded, stating:
> The White House agrees with the 114,000+ of you who believe that consumers
> should be able to unlock their cell phones without risking criminal or other
> penalties. In fact, we believe the same principle should also apply to
> tablets, which are increasingly similar to smart phones. And if you have paid
> for your mobile device, and aren't bound by a service agreement or other
> obligation, you should be able to use it on another network. It's common
> sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we
> continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers
> innovative products and solid service to meet consumers' needs.
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The petition---as stated in the above response---garnered over 114,000
signatures. The response is exciting news because the Library of Congress had
[removed the phone unlocking exemption] at the beginning of this year. (As
the EFF points out, [this may not necessarily mean that unlocking your phone is
However, although this response is getting a lot of attention (I was surprised
to see my local news station report on it), this is not yet cause for
celebration; it is my hope that the White House will now follow through with
this statement and act upon it appropriately.
(The [EFF has also posted their own comments on the White House's response].)
This is just one issue in [a string of problems that is the DMCA].