President Joe Biden will direct the US Federal Trade Commission to draft new rules aimed at stopping manufacturers from limiting consumers' ability to repair products at independent shops or on their own. The presidential right-to-repair directive is expected to mention mobile phone manufacturers and Department of Defense contractors as possible areas for regulation. Tech companies including Apple and Microsoft have imposed limits on who can repair broken consumer electronics such as game consoles and mobile phones, which consumer advocates say increases repair costs. The executive order is broadly designed to drive “greater competition in the economy, in service of lower prices for American families and higher wages for American workers,” said White House economic advisor Brian Dreese.

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