“Right to Repair” Laws Threaten Big Consumer Tech Companies’ Profits

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By Filomena Iovino | 3Q 2021 | IN-6285

 

Right to Repair Legislation Is Designed to Tackle Competitiveness and Environmental Concerns

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“Right to repair” laws represent an interesting legislation intended to break manufacturers’ monopoly on the repair market for most consumer electronic goods. It will benefit consumers by making dishwashers, washing machines, washer/dryers, refrigeration appliances, televisions, and other nonconsumer electronics easier and cheaper to repair in order to boost competitiveness and reduce the production of electronic waste (e-waste). In 2019, the world generated about 53.6 million metric tons of e-waste; the telecommunications sector alone generates billions of dollars of waste each year, which has a considerable impact on the environment. To combat this growing problem, President Joe Biden approved an executive order instructing the Federal Trade Commission to create new regulations limiting technology makers’ power to prevent the use of independent repairs in the United States.

The U.K. government has introduced a similar law for electronic products, although smartphones, laptops, and tablets are exclu…

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