Senator Warren wants standardized fees for devices like that iPhone

Senator Warren wants standardized fees for devices like that iPhone

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  • Warren also linked to a news article from USA Today in her tweet that covers how some lawmakers here in the States have begun pushing for similar universal charger rules after the European Union recently agreed on the USB Type-C cable becoming the universal charging standard by 2024. Among lawmakers pushing for universal charger rules in the U.S. are the aforementioned Senator Warren along with Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

  • It appears that US politicians are considering adopting USB-C as the global standard for charging, after the EU decided to do so. It seems like virtually everyone can agree that having to remember, acquire, and maintain various chargers for various gadgets is a hassle. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who recently tweeted that consumers shouldn’t have to continually buying new chargers for various devices, shares her opinion. She also believes that things should be made clearer with common standards.

“We commend the Department of Commerce for the steps it has already taken to address these issues, and we urge you to follow the EU’s lead by developing a comprehensive strategy to address unnecessary consumer costs, mitigate e-waste, and restore sanity and certainty to the process of purchasing new electronics,” the lawmakers write in their letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

Senators like Elizabeth Warren are pushing for the U.S. to pass universal charger laws similar to those passed by the EU. © Samsung. It certainly would make life a little easier to have one charger for everything, and we’ve already started heading in that direction with USB-C. Of course, we’re curious to hear your thoughts on the matter. Do you agree that we should have one universal charger, or are you fine with how things are currently with select devices using different charger types? Let us know in Chatty.

The letter touches upon these points further, noting that consumers on average own three different charging devices, and that discarded and unused chargers generate over 11,000 tons of e-waste annually. Looking at the responses to the subject of universal charger rules, such as Senator Warren’s tweet, it seems like most people are on board with the idea.

For more on what’s happening in the EU, we recently covered how the EU approved new legislation to regulate Apple, Meta, Google, and other big tech firms that’s worth a read. Morgan is a writer from the frozen wastelands of Maine who enjoys metal music, kpop, horror, and indie games. They’re also a Tetris fanatic who’s fiercely competitive in games like Tetris 99… and all games in general. But mostly Tetris. You can follow Morgan on Twitter @Author_MShaver.

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