During an open commission meeting Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously to enforce laws around the Right to Repair, thereby ensuring that US consumers will be able to repair their own electronic and automotive devices.
The FTC’s endorsement of the rules is not a surprise outcome; the issue of Right to Repair has been a remarkably bipartisan one, and the FTC itself issued a lengthy report in May that blasted manufacturers for restricting repairs. But the 5 to 0 vote signals the commission’s commitment to enforce both federal antitrust laws and a key law around consumer warranties—the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act—when it comes to personal device repairs.
One of the few good things about living in the Western Block was that if you finally was able to buy a fridge or a washing machine, you could count for it to work even for decades - because of the shortage of materials and non-consumer market the states could not afford to waste resources and factory hours on some junk. [Although junk did often got produced because of that non-competitive operations of factories and lack of high quality materials and technologies, but as an anecdotal_evidence I can assure you that my mother still uses a 50 year old sewing machine]
And now, 30 years after USSR collapsed we have the last European post-soviet country who wants to join European Union, where rights of the consumers are a pivotal thing and there are laws being enacted for manufactures of home appliances to make them more robust
All in all people in the US of A have no idea how long due passing of such law looks in Europe