One Citizen, One Vote? How amateur. Chicago used "Vote Early, Vote Often" and election vote counts easily exceeded the population. Just because someone's address was their parish cemetery was no reason to not count their vote...
Let's say a vendor decides to side with the public - and creates a lock screen with 2 keys - an "Unlock" and "Brick NOW" code. The brick code does more than just brick the device - it sets it to "stolen"; wipes the cloud backup copies, secure wipes the SIM and local memory... effectively rendering it useless - even to "sell" after the evidence expiration date.
Now what do they do? Does the government make such a lock screen illegal? Does Bricking your device become a new illegal activity? How far are they going to push?
... what is it they are investing in? USA has now fallen out of the top 20 countries in internet speed. They aren't investing in actual technological prowess or advancement here. They are dropping copper, dropping fiber (while bitching about google fiber), and only seem to be interested in investment in high-profit high-cost-to-the-consumer capped wireless.
Competition breeds advancement. Advancement enables innovation. Innovation creates new opportunities for growth and competition. Too many legacy industries are fighting against that vicious cycle.
Apparently, all that really matters is keeping wall street happy with fat profit margins.