State Legislation Wants To Create A ‘Right To Repair’ Law For Tech

After seeing some of the most popular tech releases in the past year, it appears as though companies are racing to create models that are smaller and more complicated in design. While this is appealing to some due to the increased appeal and portability, this becomes a major issue in the long run when the item is damaged or has a malfunction causing it to need repair.

The biggest problem with this is that many manufacturers only offer limited warranty coverage and for those willing to attempt to fix themselves, you are often hit with a locked-down ecosystem (requiring a company rep to properly install or authenticate replacement parts), near impossible disassembly process or without any access to genuine, OEM replacement parts.

Similar to the ‘Motor Vehicle Owners' Right to Repair Act‘ that we have in Massachusetts which grants us the ability to repair our automobiles from either an authorized dealer or an independent repair shop with the same information and opportunity given to both.

A similar bill for technology products is being drafted for Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts and Kansas which would legalize repair of devices from any manufacturer including Apple.

New York legislators discussed the matter saying that the limitation of authorized channels results in “inflated, high repair prices and high overturn of electronics items” and went on to say “a large amount of electronic waste created by the inability to affordably repair broken electronics” also plays a big role on the need for this legislation.

Via: TechCrunch