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New York state records show that Apple has been lobbying hard
against the Fair Repair Act, a bill that would force companies
to sell replacement parts to customers.
Apple isn’t the
only company opposed to the bill. According to New York State’s
Joint Commission on Public Ethics, others include Verizon,
Toyota, printer company Lexmark, heavy machinery marker
Caterpillar, phone insurance company Asurion, medical device
company Medtronic, and the Consumer Technology Association are
also fighting against it.
Apple is among the companies
fighting the bill.
January and April, the above companies and organizations
shelled out $366,634 ton their efforts. Apple meanwhile pays
the lobbying firm Roffe Group $9,000 per month for its
services. By comparison, the Digital Right to Repair Coalition
— a smaller group made up of independent repair shops — has
spent just $5,042 lobbying in favor of the bill.
Previously, Apple delegates have
so-called “right to repair” bill in Nebraska, saying that
giving users and third-party repairers access to its
components and service manuals would make Nebraska would become
a “Mecca for bad actors.”
Tim Cook’s leadership, Apple’s
lobbying efforts have doubled.