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Three Democratic Senators in The US Are Advocating for a Single Mobile Charging Connector, Similar to the EU

USB-C charging

Following the latest agreement made by the EU to implement a mandatory USB-C charging port in 2024, US Democratic Senators Ed Markey (D-Ma.), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) have written to US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, encouraging her to develop a plan that addresses the lack of a universal charging method in the US.  

The senators stated that : 

“We write regarding the economic and environmental harm inflicted by the consumer electronics industry’s failure to establish uniform charging accessory standards—a shortcoming that requires consumers to frequently change their charging accessories,” 

According to the letter, the United States should follow the recent United Kingdom agreement, which requires electronic industries to use a single charging connection, USB-C, for smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and cameras by fall 2024.

The senators added. 

“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,” 

Similar to the EU, Apple products will be most affected if the aforementioned rules are accepted by the US Commerce Secretary because the company uses the Lightning connector on iPhones and iPads.

The senators also acknowledged and praised the EU for acting wisely in the public interest by requiring large tech companies to use an universal charging port system, and they stated that the US should do the same.