Lawmakers say the US needs a standard charger

After European Union lawmakers reached a deal to: force all smartphones and tablets to have USB-C charging ports by 2024, a group of Democrats in the Senate wants to carry out a similar mandate in the US

As reported by The edge, these Democrats have called on the US Department of Commerce to follow the EU’s lead and “develop a strategy to require a common charging port for all mobile devices”.

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The letter, addressed to Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, it was written by Ed Markey (D-MA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

“The EU has wisely acted in the public interest by tackling powerful tech companies over this consumer and environmental issue,” the senators wrote. “The United States should be doing the same.”

This move would be a big step in the fight against e-waste and would obviously hit Apple the hardest as it has been using its own Lightning cable for many of its devices since it was introduced alongside the iPhone 5 in 2012.

“Year after year, Americans are piling our obsolete chargers into landfills as we spend more money on tech companies for new ones,” Markey said in a statement to The Verge on Thursday. our planet sinking deeper into a climate crisis. I ask the Department of Commerce to follow the European Union’s lead and look for 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 won’t ask the Commerce Department to codify USB-C as the universal charging standard. Instead, it asks them to create a “comprehensive strategy” for the future.

There are those who oppose this move, as some critics of the EU mandate say this rule could “suppressing innovation” and prevent smartphone manufacturers from developing faster charging standards in the future.”

“Big Tech is allergic to regulation and we are already seeing companies curb EU action. Senator Markey believes we must continue to stand up to this industry to ensure that their interests do not come at the expense of the environment and consumer well-being,” a spokesperson told The Verge when asked about potential opposition from the tech industry. .

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and further twitching.

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