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What is right to repair?

Right to repair laws ensure consumers have access to the parts, schematics, repair information, and any other necessary tools needed to repair the equipment that they rightfully own.

Farmers used to repair their farm equipment themselves. But as this equipment becomes increasingly advanced and software-reliant, the tools necessary to perform those repairs become harder to get ahold of.

Because big agriculture companies such as John Deere have actively lobbied against allowing farmers access to that information, they are able to maintain monopolies on the costs of the repair.

With repairs an absolute necessity for farmers, they’re forced to either bend to the will of manufacturers’ priced repair costs or go to extraordinary lengths to find their own workarounds.

Sen. Steve Daines happily takes money from John Deere. This is irresponsible and not in the best interest of Montana farmers.

It’s not just farmers.

Apple is known for its anti-right-to-repair lobbying. Anyone who owns an Apple product knows they do not come cheap. It breaks or doesn't work right. But then you find out you can't do it yourself, you can't even bring it to a third-party repair shop. And then you decide to throw the thing away. This means more waste. Americans throw out 416,000 cell phones per day, and only 15 to 20 percent of electronic waste is recycled.

Daines also takes money from Apple related super-PACS.

We need new representation that will support right to repair laws, not ones that don’t.

Andy Boyd

Bozeman

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