The Federal Trade Commission unanimously approved a policy saying people should be able to easily repair their own technology, and outlined how the government could enact future regulations to achieve that goal. It was a warning to companies that glue together smartphones so they can't be opened, charge exorbitant fees for replacement parts, or greatly limit who can fix a device. (In short, Apple.)
It's a big moment for the Right To Repair movement, but one word from the document really stands out. In the statement's last sentence: "market," as in repair market. This is the FTC—to it, everything is a market. But the implication of creating true competition in smartphone, tablet, or computer repairs and upgrades would be a radical shift.
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