You probably know that I’m,
somewhat less than
when it comes to
Techie-talk befogs me (wrong generation, I suppose),
but, my old-fashioned farmgirl radar recently recognized an electronic issue that warrants TUNING IN.
So, this is the problem:
- Cell phones are generally “locked” to a single carrier company.
- Until recently, it was legal to “unlock” your phone so that you could use it with another carrier.
- Then, the Library of Congress made it illegal to unlock a phone via the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA).
And, as a result:
- Cell phones that are locked become useless once a specific carrier contract expires, creating loads of toxic landfill fodder.
- 426,000 cell phones are decommissioned every single day in the U.S., destined for dumpsters.
- More cell phones are constantly being manufactured to meet consumers’ ongoing demand for updated, useable phones. Behind the shiny plastics and pretty packaging is an industry rife with hazardous heavy metals, pit mining, water pollution, and warlords.
HERE is what you can do:
- Urge our government officials to Free Our Phones and Fix the DMCA by supporting legislation that would legalize unlocking. We’re actually very close to our goal.
Unlocking will facilitate the re-use of phones that would otherwise be thrown away and stave off the manufacturing of millions of new phones.
Cellular with a conscience …
Even a country girl can relate to that.