Now US senators want a law to force companies to ditch proprietary chargers

Now US senators want a law to force companies to ditch proprietary chargers



USB-C Charging Plug selection

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  • Three US senators have officially requested the US government work to curb companies from using proprietary chargers.
  • The request sounds a lot like the EU law that just passed requiring USB-C ports for all tech products.
  • If the US follows the EU on this path, Apple would be the company hurt most.

Three United States senators — Edward J. Markey, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, all Democrats — have sent a formal request to Gina Raimondo, the Secretary of Commerce. In the letter, the senators request the US to enact a policy that sounds quite similar to a policy the European Union passed recently.

The letter (which you can see here, via The Verge) demands the US do something about proprietary chargers. Markey, Warren, and Sanders argue that the tech industry has failed “to establish uniform charging accessory standards.” This failure is “expensive and frustrating for consumers and drives the proliferation of electronic waste.”



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