After European Union lawmakers reach a deal to force all smartphones and tablets to have USB-C charging ports by 2024, a group of Senate Democrats are seeking to implement a similar mandate to states. -United.
As The Verge reports, these Democrats called on the US Department of Commerce to follow the EU’s lead and “develop a strategy to demand a common charging port on all mobile devices.”
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The letter, which was addressed to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, was authored by Ed Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
“The EU acted wisely in the public interest by taking on powerful tech companies on this consumer and environmental issue,” the senators wrote. “The United States should do the same.”
The move would be a big step forward in the fight against e-waste and would obviously hit Apple the hardest, as it has used its proprietary Lightning cable for many of its devices since it was introduced alongside the iPhone 5 in 2012.
“Year after year, Americans are piling our outdated chargers into landfills while we shell out more money to tech companies to buy new ones,” Markey said in a statement to The Verge on Thursday. our planet deeper into a climate crisis. I call on the Department of Commerce to follow the lead of the European Union and seek solutions so that we can save our money, our sanity and our planet.
The US Senate Democrats’ plan is slightly different from the EU’s, as they are not asking the Commerce Department to codify USB-C as a universal charging standard. Instead, he asks them to create an “overarching strategy” moving forward.
There are those against the move, as some critics of the EU mandate say the rule could “stifle innovation and prevent smartphone makers from advancing faster charging standards in the future.”
“Big Tech is allergic to regulation, and we are already seeing companies push back on EU action. Senator Markey believes that we must continue to stand up to this industry to ensure that its interests do not come at the expense of the environment and consumer welfare,” a spokesperson told Verge when speaking. was asked about a possible pullback in the tech industry.
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