The people of Massachusetts have always stood up for their right to repair. In 2012, state voters passed a law that ensured residents’ right to repair their car wherever they wanted. Now, it’s time to do the same for electronics and other equipment.
With the Digital Right to Repair Act, HD 3422 and SD 1818 we have a chance to guarantee our right to repair electronics — like smartphones, computers, and even farm equipment. The Digital Right to Repair Bill requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair businesses with fair access to service information, security updates, and replacement parts.
But we need your help. Big manufacturers like Apple don’t want this bill passed. And they’re working hard to defeat it.
If you think you have a right to repair your products, find out who represents you in the Massachusetts legislature. Tell them repair is good for the environment, good for consumers, and good for businesses. Tell them you support the Digital Right to Repair Act.
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Right to Repair is simple. It requires manufacturers to provide owners and independent repair businesses with fair access to service information and affordable replacement parts. So you can fix the stuff you own quickly—and get back on with your life.
Well, manufacturers like John Deere and Apple don’t like the idea. When your tractor breaks or your cell phone stops working, they want to be the only people who can fix it. And they get to set whatever prices they want for parts and service.
Nope! We already have right to repair for cars—that’s why you can take your Ford into a local mechanic. They have all the same software diagnostics and service manuals that the dealerships have. This is the result of decades of auto Right to Repair legislation—laws that have been a resounding success.
It’s time to fight for your right to repair and defend local repair jobs—the corner mom-and-pop repair shops that keep getting squeezed out. Write or call your legislator. Tell them you support the Fair Repair Act. Tell them that you believe repair should be fair, affordable, and accessible. Stand up for your right to repair in Massachusetts!