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iFixit Announces The Repair Association, A Lobbying Group Representing Electronic Repair Pros And DIY Enthusiasts

The folks at iFixit aren't just the people who rip apart every new gadget that comes down the pipeline. They're also enthusiastic proponents of user-accessible devices that can be repaired without an engineering degree - that's more or less the purpose of the site, including the store that sells tools and parts for readers to follow along with those prolific teardown guides. Now the company is spearheading a new lobbying group that intends to fight for the rights of consumers and third-party repair professionals.

They're calling it the Repair Association, and they've partnered with like-minded organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Service Industry Association, the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, the Fixers' Collective and others to make it a reality.

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FCC To Investigate Cell Phone Unlocking Ban, Unsure If It Has Any Authority To Enforce Any Change

The President still hasn't weighed in on what he plans to do about the cell phone unlocking ban (he's been a little busy with that sequester business that's gonna cost some people their jobs), but FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is a little closer to the situation. Speaking to TechCrunch, the communications head said the organization plans to "look into" the issue and decide whether action should be taken and, if so, what action there is to take.

While Genachowski doesn't sound ready to start pummeling carriers just yet (though it wouldn't be the first time), he admits that the ban is worrisome (and it is!), saying the "ban raises competition concerns; it raises innovation concerns."

On the subject of pursuing any course of action: "It’s something that we will look at at the FCC to see if we can and should enable consumers to use unlocked phones." Those words "can" and "should" are the two major hurdles that the FCC has to get past, though.

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