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Report Highlights Obstacles Massachusetts Consumers Face To Get Products Repaired

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   Earlier this month, President Joe Biden issued an executive order calling on the Federal Trade Commission to establish regulations to prohibit manufacturers from making it difficult, or impossible, to have products fixed by consumers or independent repair shops.

   So-called “right to repair” legislation has been introduced in 14 states, including Massachusetts.

   Now, as part of this right to repair campaign, MassPIRG released a report this week that said Massachusetts consumers spend hundreds, even thousands, of dollars replacing products that could be fixed.

   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with MassPIRG Executive Director Janet Domenitz.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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