Yesterday, the New York state senate passed a groundbreaking ‘digital fair repair act’ by a huge majority. While it still needs to pass the state Assembly and be signed by the governor before becoming law, it’s the first bill of its kind to make it this far in the USA in the face of heavy opposition from tech companies.
The bill aims to do the following:
This bill require original equipment manufacturers (OEM) to make diagnostic and repair information for digital electronic parts and equipment available to independent repair providers and consumers if such parts and repair information are also available to OEM authorized repair providers.
The hope seems to be that if this bill does eventually make it into law, it could have a domino effect, forcing OEMs to adopt these practices across the whole country.
iFixit has much more on this:
[UPDATE: this bill has also passed the Assembly too ]