FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Pushes CTIA and Carriers To Unlock Cell Phones
Wheeler noted, in a not-so-subtle way, that the FCC prefers when industries promote competition voluntarily, and he said that after eight months of work between the FCC and CTIA enough is enough. “Let’s set a goal of including the full unlocking rights policy in the CTIA Consumer Code before the December holiday season.”
Unlocked, like this Moto G
This push also comes from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which in September petitioned the FCC to make the above changes. It would seem that Wheeler’s letter is a sort of last-ditch effort to convince the CTIA to voluntarily make the change so that the FCC doesn’t have to make a regulation.
That a bureaucrat would rather let an industry agency change its own policy as opposed to spitting out a new government regulation is surprising, though certainly a breath of fresh air.
(Also, here’s a fun fact: Wheeler’s letter is addressed to that Steve Largent.)