In June, New York lawmakers approved the Digital Fair Repair Act, which expands consumer access to parts, tools and information to repair personal electronics. The Digital Fair Repair Act has not yet been signed into law by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. While the bill is expected to benefit consumers, experts believe it also would create an economic boom in the information technology asset disposition (ITAD) industry.
As previously reported, the bill would require original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to make diagnostic information, spare parts, schematics, special tools and firmware available to independent repair providers, says Nathan Proctor, the senior right-to-repair campaign director for the United States Public Interest Research Group (PIRG).