Last year, many statehouses across the country looked to address a growing consumer issue broadly known as “right to repair.” Now with legislative sessions kicking off in more than 40 states across the country, this policy looks like it will continue to stay at the top of the agenda for some policymakers. In fact, about ten different legislatures have already introduced some form of a right to repair bill.
The idea behind these so-called “pro-consumer” bills is that anyone should be able to repair the technical devices they own. And they do already. But the philosophy behind this movement is multifaceted, touching a wide range of products and industries, but is mostly just self-serving.
Proponents of right to repair believe government intervention is needed to ensure consumers can repair things like electronic devices, home appliances, cars, farming equipment and even medical equipment. But what many fail to acknowledge is that there are broad implications associated with such an approach and even more so when “lumping” products together under the guise of right to repair.
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