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03/01/2013 09:48 pm ET Updated Mar 03, 2013

Cell Phone Unlocking Ban: FCC To Investigate Law Following Successful Petition (VIDEO)

The Federal Communications Commission will investigate if unlocking a cell phone should be illegal, after an online petition against the ban reached 100,000 signatures.

Derek Khanna, who started the White House Cellphone Unlocking Petition, joined Huffpost Live's Josh Zepps on Friday to discuss.

"It's very useful for international travels and also our soldiers when they deploy abroad," Khanna told HuffPost Live about the usefulness of unlocking cell phones. "What changed here is that now it's a federal crime, a federal crime that can now land an individual in jail for five years or a fine up to 5 million dollars."

After AT&T and Verizon asked for unlocking cell phones to be made illegal, the Library of Congress approved the decision last October.

The petition asks for the Obama administration to at least overturn the ruling, and at most legalize cellphone unlocking.

Watch the Full Segment on HuffPost Live.

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