A comprehensive executive order aimed at promoting economic competition and was signed Friday by President Joe Biden called on the Federal Trade Commission to introduce rules to restrict anti-competitive restrictions that restrict consumers’ ability to repair gadgets on their own terms.
Giden in the executive order, which covered 72 initiatives to promote competition in the U.S. economy, Biden specifically asked the FTC to crack down on “unreasonable anti-competitive restrictions on third-party repair or self-repair of items, such as those imposed by powerful manufacturers. which prevents farmers from repairing their own equipment. ”
The order is a significant gain for the right to repair lawyers who have long fought for a consumer̵
Specifically, Biden targeted mobile phone manufacturers and other technology companies, including tractor manufacturers, who “impose restrictions on self- and third-party repairs, making repairs more expensive and time-consuming, such as limiting the distribution of parts, diagnostics, and repair tools. ”
In a statement, US PIRG’s senior campaign repair director Nathan Proctor said it was “a big day for the court to fix our things.”
“More repair choices will protect the environment by cutting back on the amount of new electronics we make and old things we throw away,” Proctor said. “Several choices help save money and cut down on the waiting time for the producer’s technician, which is especially important for farmers with tight planting or harvesting plans. This is a victory. ”