After years of defensive work, the right to repair the movement in the United States could soon see a significant advance. According to Bloomberg, President Joe Biden has “in the days to come” ordered the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to draft new regulations to enable consumers to repair their devices alone and in independent shops.
Although there aren’t even many details on the executive order just yet, it is reported that it will mention phone companies as a possible regulatory target. However, farmers are expected to be the first beneficiaries. During Tuesday White House briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the order will give him “the right to repair his own equipment as he pleases”. White House economic adviser Brian Deese said Friday the order is generally designed to lead to “greater competition in the economy, in the service of lower prices for American families and higher wages for American workers.”
Over the years, U.S. states have had it he tried to pass the right to repair the legislation. However, companies such as Caterpillar, John Deere and Apple have been constantly putting pressure on these efforts, saying they had to endangers consumers compromising the safety and security of their devices. And to date, no state has passed legislation that makes it easier for consumers to repair their products independently. As well as Motherboard note, Biden’s order will mark the first time a president has weighed in on the issue.
“Big technology has been taking advantage of consumers for too long, to the detriment of small local businesses. We are very encouraged that the Biden administration plans to use the FTC’s regulatory power to restore competition,” he said. spokesman for iFixit Engadget when we arrived at the company to request the order.
The move comes as a support for the right to repair the movement’s constructions in other parts of the world. In 2020, the European Commission said it would introduce legislation to push producers to create products that are easier to repair and reuse. That same year, the European Parliament voted to chair the Commission develop and introduce a mandatory labeling system which assigns a repair point to the products.
We reached out to the Consumer Technology Association, which represents electronics manufacturers, to comment.
Update 6:00 PM ET: Comment added by iFixit.
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