Senator Patrick Leahy: Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act

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Senator Leahy discusses the benefits consumers will soon see under his legislation, The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which cleared Congress Friday and within days will reach the President’s desk. Leahy’s bill allows consumers to “unlock” their used cell phones to connect to their preferred wireless networks, and makes it easier for organizations such as WHBW to expand programs to help domestic violence victims -- for instance by providing them with used cell phones on which they can summon 9-1-1 emergency help. Burlington Police Chief Mike Schirling also in attendance.

NOTE: Leahy at this news conference offers his first scheduled general comments on his breakthrough in negotiations over his USA FREEDOM Act, to end NSA’s dragnet collection of Americans’ electronic communications.

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