Last month a new rule from the Library of Congress made it illegal to unlock a mobile phone to use on another network. This means that owners of phones that are not subsidized or that are no longer “under contract” cannot just take their phone to another carrier for service. Many believe this gives the carriers far too much power over consumers. In response, a petition was started on the White House web site requesting the Librarian of Congress to rescind their recent decision or asking the Obama administration to back legislation to make unlocking legal.
The petition was started on January 24, 2013 and today hit the 100,000 signature threshold required for an official response from the White House. This news is a good sign and hopefully will help the President and perhaps Congress realize that there is a problem. Whether they actually do anything about it remains to be seen as they could opt to not take up the cause, much like their recent decision regarding construction of a death star.
source: The White House