When she and Kyle Wiens, CEO of the electronics repair information and parts site iFixit, started pushing for this legislation three years ago, they had no idea if they could get other people to care about state politics. Today, more than 27,000 people in three states (New York, Massachusetts, and Kansas) have written letters of support to their legislators.Gordon-Byrne forcefully strikes back against the arguments made by armies of lobbyists hired by trade groups to represent some of the company's largest corporations. At the end of the day, the only real argument against right to repair, she says, is one of greed: Companies are protecting their bottom line, not their consumers."We need to keep adding bills because manufacturers can keep playing whack-a-mole with lobbyists if there's only one or two states," Gordon-Byrne said. "But if there's 10, 12, 16 bills—that level of pressure is going to be hard to ignore."After a day in Albany spent running from meeting to meeting with New York lawmakers and their staffs, I'm debriefing with Gay Gordon-Byrne, the woman who is fighting for your right to repair electronics.
At the statehouse, one senator combed through a list of constituents who had written to his office to complain about not being able to fix their iPhones. To his great surprise, he knew many of them.
"If you take something up and you feel like you're an army of one, you might be able to get a whole army behind you at some point."