Last month, the Library of Congress and U.S. Copyright Office decided to make it illegal for consumers to unlock their cellphones because they felt that the existing sanctioned methods of unlocking was good enough. Needless to say, consumers weren't very happy about the decision.
Almost immediately after the announcement, a petition was started on the government's We The People petition site asking the Obama Administration to make the unlocking of cellphones legal.
As a side note, just prior to this petition being started, the We The People site had changed the requirements for getting a government response to petitions. Previously, a petition needed to have 25,000 signatures in order to have the government respond, however, now a petition requires 100,000 signatures—this change had some worried that the legalization of cellphone unlocking petition would have a hard time reaching that new goal.
So when word came today that the petition had indeed passed that new threshold, there were a lot of happy people. Even though this is only the first hurdle, and doesn't mean that anything positive will come of the request, the people behind the petition are hoping for even more signatures before Saturday when the official signing window for the petition closes.
Derek Khanna, former Republican Study Committee staffer and who helped lead the campaign, says that this is only the start of the process and that he and his supporters have a long way to go before the unlocking ban can be overturned.