Rep. Goodlatte Helps Push Cell Phone Bill

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)-- A new bill is on its way to the White House making it easier for you to switch cell phone providers.

The bill, which the House passed on July 25, would make it legal for you to unlock your cell phone before switching service providers.

Before this bill, it was against copyright rules to unlock your cell phone tied to specific companies like AT&T or Verizon.

Congressman Bob Goodlatte had a part in passing the bill, which he said is a good move for us all, "It's really important that consumers have the ability when they buy a new phone from somebody else and they need to be able to get access to the features on the phone, they need to be able to unlock it. People don't realize that it's actually against the law right now. The same thing is true when they buy a used phone or the same thing is true when they want to switch the service on an existing phone."

He expects President Obama to sign the bill into law sometime this week.


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