ARA participated in a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Workshop in July investigating the myriad issues and problems surrounding repair restrictions in today’s electronic world. The workshop explored the issue of “right to repair” as it relates to consumer electronic devices, appliances, batteries, automobiles as well as attendant security and safety implications
The event was organized into 3 panels which discussed the following questions:
• “How do repair restrictions affect consumers and small businesses?”
• “What are the arguments for and against repair restrictions?”
• “What’s the fix?”
Many new contacts were made, existing relationships in and outside the government were solidified and follow up with both will be occurring in the near future.