Today, I’d like to go over some updates from our partnership with USPIRG. They’ve had advocates in just about every state I have been to in my travels testifying at, and recording, Right to Repair hearings around the country. It was my goal to be able to bolster the efforts of people doing good work in this space, so that it is not just me doing the work. Here’s what they’ve accomplished over the past few months.

  • We successfully ramped our shareholder activism (c3). 
  • We deepened our relationship with the White House pro-competition team, and kept them thinking about Right to Repair. 
    • Summary: The White House competition council (Tim Wu), is a critical ally for us in advancing Right to Repair and elevating it as an issue. Nathan appeared at a public event with the White House in December. 
    • At our public meeting, we were able to get the white house on record around medical devices which we need to help us with the FDA.
    • Biden spoke publicly about Right to Repair in February. If the administration takes more ownership of the issue, it helps us with the FTC
  • We hosted a lawmaker summit to help ramp up states and train our champions. 
    • We recruited 35 lawmakers, states reported a lot of momentum coming out of that. Good to connect lawmakers with experts – help shore up a number of states on some of the thorny issues . 
    • Keynote given by Adam Savage.
  • We did a farmer survey with Farmers Union (c3), and unveiled it when Tester dropped his bill. 
  • We held a roundtable for leaders around medical device repair, and are working to get cost data out of VA hospitals to help make the case on Medical Right to Repair 
  • We released a new Deere in the Headlights report (c3), which accompanies a formal FTC complaint against Deere 
    • Excellent media coverage in IL, and it seems like our report, which adds a new analysis for dealer consolidation, is a really important aspect to farmers. They feel like their choices are gone. 
    • FTC complaint feels like a bullseye – much different reception than Apple complaint. We continue to organize farmers to talk to the FTC on a regular basis, and hope this complaint is fruitful. 
  • We released a new repair scorecard (c3) 
  • We organized a massive congressional lobby day on Right to Repair 
    • We held 130 lobby meetings, including 12 directly with members of Congress. Right to Repair was a main topic of conversation. 
    • We worked with Goodfriend group to deliver a letter calling for a hearing (signed by RPGAF and others). 
    • After the lobby day, the Judiciary staff committed to holding a Right to Repair hearing.