The Huffington Post
ran a story late last week accusing Apple of actively lobbying against so-called "right to repair" legislation in two of the four states where it has been proposed.
Right to repair is an organized movement, currently seeking to be recognized by law in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska and New York. The official website
makes the following pitch:
"When manufacturers own the only repair shop around, prices go up and quality goes down. Competition is better for customers, but mom and pop repair shops are struggling with unfair practices by multinational corporations. Consumers and repair pros are starting to fight back."
Lawmakers in the aforementioned states like the idea because it could potentially reduce the vast amounts of electronics waste generated by consumer electronics. Apple says it helps recycle millions of pounds of such waste each year, yet it has actively campaigned against right to repair.