New Rules may be released this week by the U.S. Trade Commission regarding 'Right to Repair' which could affect Apple, Microsoft & Others
It was reported late this morning that President Joe Biden will direct the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to draft new rules aimed at stopping manufacturers from limiting consumers’ ability to repair products at independent shops or on their own, a person familiar with the plan said.
if the FTC issues broad new "right-to-repair" regulations, it could have a sweeping impact across other parts of the U.S. economy, including Silicon Valley. Tech companies including Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have imposed limits on who can repair broken consumer electronics like game consoles and iPhones.
The executive order, which is expected to be released in the coming days, is broadly designed to drive "greater competition in the economy, in service of lower prices for American families and higher wages for American workers," according to White House economic adviser Brian Deese.
Apple has fought to defeat Right to Repair legislation in the past in Nebraska and even in Canada. Though the writing is on the wall. Last year the European Parliament passed a resolution on the right to repair and the U.S. is simply playing catch-up.
Of course we'll have to read the draft from the U.S. Trade Commission when it's released this week to see if Apple's lobbying against such legislation has had any influence in regard to the right to repair Apple devices. For more on this, read the full Bloomberg report on BNN Bloomberg.