WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today pushed efforts to allow cell phone unlocking at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing. At the hearing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski committed to working with Klobuchar to take action on cell phone unlocking so consumers can switch carriers while keeping their phones. Last week Klobuchar introduced legislation directing the FCC to allow cell phone unlocking.

“Consumers deserve to keep cell phones they have already purchased no matter what carrier they decide to use,” Klobuchar said.“That’s why I’ve introduced legislation to allow consumers to unlock their phones and I will continue to work with the FCC to get this done and give consumers the choice and flexibility they need and deserve.”

Klobuchar is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee and has been a leader in standing up for consumers and boosting competition. Last week she introduced bipartisan legislation – the Wireless Consumer Choice Act—directing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take action to ensure that consumers have the right to unlock their phone. The legislation came after Chairman Genachowski and the White House voiced support for efforts to unlock cell phones to give consumers choice and increase competition in the wireless market.