Earlier this year, the Library of Congress made it illegal to unlock cell phones. Previously, this had been specifically exempted from Digital Millennium Copyright Act. It was much like the specific exemption for jailbreaking smartphones. Following the uproar, it was decided that jailbreaking tablets is illegal.
According to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the FCC will be investigating the sophisticated matter of smartphone unlocking because the “ban raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns.” He added, “It’s something that we will look at it at the FCC to see if we can and should enable consumers to use unlocked phones.”
Obviously, most of the consumers believe that they should be able to unlock their devices, although the carriers have their own arguments about why unlocking should be illegal.