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The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) praised the passage of the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act that reinstates the exemption for recyclers and refurbishers to bulk unlock used cell phones for refurbishment and resale.

Previously, electronics manufacturers and telecommunication carriers wielded the power of copyright to control access to information necessary to unlock, refurbish and resell used technological devices, such as cell phones and tablets.

Last October, the ISRI board of directors approved a cellphone unlocking policy that called for allowing consumers, including recyclers and refurbishers, the right to lawfully unlock technological devices. By allowing bulk unlocking, recyclers and refurbishers are able to put valuable and working devices back into the domestic and global marketplace where there is a strong demand. This Act is consistent with ISRI’s policy.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News