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Klobuchar Statement on FCC Backing Effort to Unlock Cell Phones


Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today made the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski and the White House announced that they would back efforts to unlock cell phones, allowing consumers to switch carriers while keeping their phones. These announcements came after a decision was made by the Library of Congress to not extend the exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act permitting consumers to unlock their phones. Klobuchar is introducing legislation this week to allow cell phone unlocking.



“Consumers should be free to choose the phone and service that best fits their needs and their budgets. We need to make sure consumers are getting a fair deal and today’s announcement is a welcome step towards implementing consumer-friendly policies in the wireless industry,” Klobuchar said. “That’s why I’m introducing legislation this week to get rid of the ban on unlocking cell phones and I will continue to work to advance commonsense measures to protect consumers and promote competition.”



Klobuchar is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee and chairs the Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee, and has been a leader in standing up for consumers and boosting competition in the marketplace. She authored legislation—the Cell Phone Consumer Empowerment Act—to strengthen consumer protections in the wireless industry, including looking at allowing consumers to unlock their phones. Klobuchar has also pushed the FCC to examine the competitive impact on consumers from the wireless carriers’ exclusive arrangements with cell phone manufacturers.

Minnesota Department of Commerce Celebrates 15th Annual National Consumer Protection Week

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce is joining state agencies across the country, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the IRS, the FBI, advocacy organizations like the Better Business Bureau, and private sect ..... 
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State to phase out use of harmful chemical

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

St. Paul, Minn. -- All state agencies will eliminate purchasing of hand soaps and dish and laundry cleaning products that contain triclosan by June of this year. Through Executive Order by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, state agencies are required t ..... 
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State's Largest Annual Food Drive is Underway

Tue, Mar 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With need at food shelves at record levels in Minnesota, the largest annual food drive in the state is now underway. Minnesota FoodShare said the March Campaign this year is focused on "everyday heroes," people who are getting invol ..... 
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Minnesota law changes affect 2012 taxes for some individuals

Wed, Feb 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota has adopted most federal tax changes enacted by Congress for the 2012 tax year under a new law signed by Gov. Mark Dayton. The changes will provide $18.5 million in tax benefits to Minnesotans. Conforming to federal ta ..... 
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Consumer access to health care would be expanded in new nursing legislation

Wed, Feb 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL (Feb. 20, 2013) — Newly introduced legislation would expand consumer access to advanced practice nurses to meet the growing needs of 21st century health care and the Affordable Care Act, according to the president of Minnesota’s Advanced ..... 
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In the forecast: a winter blast of extra DWI patrols

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Fillmore County. — You don’t have to have yourself a merry little time in jail if you plan ahead for a sober ride. The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office along with Chatfield and Preston Police Departments will increase drunk driving enforcemen ..... 
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Minnesotans Build Their Legacy With 53 New Historical And Cultural Heritage Grants Grants awarded across the state for projects of enduring value

Tue, Nov 27th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL (Nov. 21, 2012) – From oral histories to preserving historic buildings, Minnesotans are hard at work celebrating their legacy now and building it for the future. The Minnesota Historical Society today announced it has awarded 53 Minnesota ..... 
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Commerce action stops a “bait and switch” timeshare scheme- Falsified Commerce license used to deceive consumers

Wed, Nov 14th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce recently took action against Renaissance Marketing of Property for running an alleged “bait and switch” timeshare scheme that targeted consumers across the country. The Commerce Department o ..... 
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