Meanwhile, right-to-repair advocacy groups are smitten with the announcement of upcoming orders.
“We’re thrilled to see the Biden administration step up to protect farmers from repair monopolies,” said Nathan Proctor, who’s the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Right to Repair Senior Campaign Director, noting the study published by the firm regarding this very issue. “Our research has shown that the way the equipment is built makes it necessary to get specialized software tools that, despite promises that manufacturers would share them, farmers can’t get. This order should be the first step in giving farmers a choice for who repairs their equipment.”
“This is great news for farmers, and it’s great news for everyone concerned with repair monopolies,” Proctor added.
The impending action from Biden would mark the first time a U.S. president has weighed in on the right to repair. While this specific action is aimed at farming equipment, it opens the door for a myriad of other industries that are currently battling similar restrictions on the ability to legally and easily repair their own privately purchased property.
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