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Wednesday, September 01, 2021

Right to Repair Envisioned, Regulated

Including the right to repair.   Rarely an issue in a big company, but useful for the individual.   Still will add significantly to the cost of designs involved. 

Europe Champions the Right to Repair Are other regions next?   by DAVID SCHNEIDER

   ... US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to address "unfair anticompetitive restrictions on third-party repair or self-repair of items." That order also tasked the Secretary of Commerce to report on "a plan for avoiding contract terms in procurement agreements that make it challenging or impossible for the Department of Defense or service members to repair their own equipment, particularly in the field."

The notion of soldiers at some far-flung military base unable to fix critical gear because the manufacturer insists that it be sent back to an authorized repair facility is troubling to say the least. So it's no wonder that the FTC quickly responded by voting unanimously to reinvigorate its efforts to enforce existing right-to-repair legislation, in line with the stance the agency took in May when it issued a report on the topic, "Nixing the Fix."... ' 

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