Nebraska lawmakers want to bring in a law which will give citizens the right to repair their own broken electronics, normally through repair shops.
The law is currently in the Nebraska state legislature and Apple is spending a fortune lobbying its tame politicians to get it squashed.
The legislation would require Apple and other electronics manufacturers to sell repair parts to consumers and independent repair shops, and would require manufacturers to make diagnostic and service manuals available to the public.
Nebraska is one of eight states that are considering right to repair bills; last month, Nebraska, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Wyoming introduced legislation. Last week, lawmakers in Illinois and Tennessee officially introduced similar bills.
However, Apple will testify against the bill at a hearing in Lincoln on March 9. AT&T will also argue against it too. They are planning to spark a scare story that consumers who repair their own phones could cause lithium batteries to catch fire. This is slightly better than the industry lobbyists who told lawmakers in Minnesota who were thinking of bringing in a similar law that broken glass could cut the fingers of consumers who try to repair their screens
Last year, a bill headed through the New York statehouse was killed in part due to lobbying from Apple and IBM, among other manufacturers. But what happens in the Big Apple might be a little different in the more conservative rural areas, where there is a culture of repairing your own gear.
Last month, the American Farm Bureau Federation, an influential political organization representing farmers, officially endorsed right to repair legislation.
The bills nationwide are being pushed by Repair.org, a trade organization made up of independent repair shops who say that their companies have been harmed by an attempt by manufacturers to gain a monopoly over the repair business.
A healthy DIY repair hobby has thrived thanks to online crowdsourced instruction manuals on sites like iFixit and grey market parts that are available directly from factories in China or can be salvaged from recycled devices.
Repair.org said that the fear stories put about by the manufactures are easily answered by providing consumers with information.
It should be noted that iPhone 7 batteries do have a warning label that says there is a "potential for burning" if punctured. But who in the name of the gods thinks that repairing your phone is managed by jamming nails into your batteries. While Apple fanboys are not the brightest sparks, after all they bought an iPhone 7, it is hard to think that even they would try a stunt like that. If they were that dumb Apple would have to put labels on their phones warning users that they were not literal fruit and not meant to be eaten,