Vermont is the first state in the nation to pass any legislation relative to general Right to Repair. The Vermont Right to Repair Task Force had its first official meeting Monday, August 13 with the charter to report back to the legislature on the practicality of moving Right to Repair in the 2019 Session.
Opposition lobbyists flew in from Washington DC only to sit mute during the proceedings. Once the local TV station appeared – they ran to grab the microphone offering the same vague and unsubstantiated arguments about “Safety” and “Security” that could have been made to the Task Force but were not presented.
See http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Vermont-task-force-examines-consumers-right-to-repair-490750871.html. Eventually, the Task Force will address the truth of all arguments and we’re confident the Task Force will advise the incoming legislature to pursue Right to Repair on behalf of all Vermonters.
The Task Force agreed to meet the 2nd Monday of each month going forward, adjusting as needed for holidays. The 2nd meeting of 5 will be Monday September 10. Anyone interesting in participating in the Study should contact The Repair Association at email@example.com
Gay Gordon-Byrne is the Executive Director of The Repair Association, a multi-stakeholder coalition of trade associations, businesses, charities and individuals all active in the repair, reuse, recycling or resale of digital electronic products. In her many years in the computer industry – Gay has had an inside look at how manufacturers, distributors, partners and retailers interact with their customers, service providers, lessors and lenders. She is the author of “Buying Supporting and Maintaining Software and Equipment: An IT Manager’s Guide to Controlling the Product Lifecycle” https://www.amazon.com/Gay- Gordon-Byrne/e/B00LGYY96U