Pandemic drives phone, computer 'right-to-repair' bills

Colleen Creer, a 26-year-old customer service rep from Portland, Oregon, was in a bind at the end of last year. She’d just lost her in-person job with a major retailer due to a COVID-19 closure and wanted to do the same type of work remotely. One problem: Creer, who has lived on the edge of poverty for years, didn’t have a computer. Enter Free Geek, a nonprofit in Portland that salvages broken laptops, tablets and desktops, fixes them and provides them at low or no-cost to people who can’t afford new ones. But while the pandemic heightened the demand for Free Geek’s repaired computers, corpora…

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