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Fixing America: A Discussion on Monopolies and Fragile Repair Systems in a Time of Crisis

April 21, 2020  | 

From barriers to repairing lifesaving ventilators to products stuck in Apple’s repair purgatory, the systemic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic has made the dangers and fragility of monopolized repair markets all the more clear.

The Open Markets Institute and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) invite you to join a webinar to discuss how repair restrictions harm communities’ responses to the coronavirus and how we got here in the first place. You will have a chance to hear from the authors of a newly released report by Open Markets, “Fixing America: Breaking Manufacturers’ Aftermarket Monopoly and Restoring Consumers’ Right to Repair.” We’ll cover what state legislators and federal regulators can do to build more open and resilient repair markets.

Join us for an open discussion on this problem and ask Open Markets authors Claire Kelloway, Daniel Hanley, and the director of U.S. PIRG’s campaign for Right to Repair, Nathan Proctor, your questions on how we can solve this crisis.

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