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The FCC is urging U.S. consumers to write down the make, model number and unique device identification number of the mobile products they purchase. This is the information they will need to report to the police in the event their device is ever lost or stolen.
International Cooperation Required
In the last couple of years, the U.S. has regained global leadership in mobile innovation, Genachowski observed. "With the steps we're announcing," he added, "the U.S. will also become a world leader in addressing the growing problem of mobile device theft."
However, the ultimate success of the Protects Initiative will depend in major part on international cooperation. Otherwise, vendors of smartphones and media tablets lost or stolen in the United States will be able to ship their black market goods to partners overseas.
Genachowski said he has already met with the international executives responsible for the GSM database system currently operating in the United Kingdom and other nations abroad.
"I am making it a priority of the FCC's International Bureau to work with other countries to advance this initiative," he said.
Still, Genachowski admitted that the technology will continue to change, creating new opportunities as well as new challenges.
"The FCC will establish regular, quarterly meeting with the police chiefs on this initiative and on any new issues that might arise," he said.