With computers in more and more of the things we buy, it is vital that have a digital right of repair so we truly control the things we own. Corporations must not be able to lock down their products so that we have to pay them exorbitant amounts to fix them or prevent people from determining their security vulnerabilities or even making improvements.
The activists at Right of Repair and iFixit have put forward two bills to support a digital right of repair: H.143 in the Massachusetts House and S.96 in the Senate. H.143 has 38 co-sponsors in the House. S.96 has 13 co-sponsors in the Senate. Massachusetts is the last state to have not sidelined digital right of repair bills. We have to get it passed here!
The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection will hear testimony on the bill today. The hearing will be 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Room B-1 of the State House. If you can offer three minute long testimony in support of it, please do.
Right now, we need to help get more legislators to support it and get it out of committee. Please find your legislators’ contact info and call to urge them to support these bills. If they are already a co-sponsor (listed below), thank them for supporting the bill.
If your state representative or state senator are on the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection, all the better. Committee members are:
Senate Committee Members
Barbara A. L’Italien, Chair
Michael D. Brady (co-sponsor)
Sal N. DiDomenico
Ryan C. Fattman
House Committee Members
Tackey Chan, Chair
Daniel J. Hunt, Vice Chair (co-sponsor)
Ruth B. Balser
Jay D. Livingstone
Jonathan D. Zlotnik
José F. Tosado
Steven S. Howitt (co-sponsor)
Joseph D. McKenna
And Digital Right of Repair bill supporters are:
|Michael D. Brady||Second Plymouth and Bristol|
|Thomas J. Calter||12th Plymouth|
|James E. Timilty||Bristol and Norfolk|
|Walter F. Timilty||Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth|
|Joan B. Lovely||Second Essex|
|Josh S. Cutler||6th Plymouth|
|William N. Brownsberger||Second Suffolk and Middlesex|
|Gailanne M. Cariddi||1st Berkshire|
|Carmine L. Gentile||13th Middlesex|
|Thomas M. Stanley||9th Middlesex|
|Kathleen O’Connor Ives||First Essex|
|Peter V. Kocot||1st Hampshire|
|Steven Ultrino||33rd Middlesex|