It shouldn’t be easier to throw something away than it is to fix it
Joe Biden signed an Executive Order directing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prevent manufacturers from imposing restrictions on independent repair shops and do-it-yourself repairs.
Basically, devices we buy are having their lives cut short because the hassle to repair them makes it easier to just buy a new one. Take it somewhere that isn’t authorized and you’ll void the warranty. But it’s not just cellphones or laptops – it’s also farm equipment, hospital devices, cars and more.
Biden says this is anti-competitive and the “right to repair” movement wants to see more competition in the repair space, devices designed to be easier to maintain and more information from manufacturers about how to fix them yourself.