Our Objectives

Our objectives are aimed at addressing the restrictive practices undertaken by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), ensuring serviceability is included as a key component of the Digital Agenda, promoting common standards for reuse and resale of equipment and software and achieving contract transparency to protect end users against unfair business practices.

The potential growth of ICT businesses is threatened by the restrictive processes and policies applied by OEMs in order to lock-in end users. As part of the ongoing debate between Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Competition, OEMs validate these restrictive practices behind the shield of IPR, legitimizing them in the minds of their end users and preventing the growth of an effective, competitive, American Secondary Market for ICT.

If these practices are left unchallenged, the United States will be characterized by an ICT environment devoid of innovation and effective competition that excludes local companies from providing local services. This will have broad and long-term detrimental consequences for the United States from an economic, social and environmental standpoint.

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Ownership

The capability to buy New and Used equipment from the provider of your choice. The ability to choose a third party service provider. No penalties or levies applied for Secondary Market products not sourced through OEM controlled channels. No detrimental effect on Warranty when a TPM is the service provider. Have clear contracts and insight in the Total Cost of Ownership for the whole (extended) lifecycle.

Trade

The ability to trade in (used) equipment, together with acquired licenses, activation codes and software that together form the asset. A possibility to identify if a certain part or machine is allowed and tradable in the US market.

Reuse

Reuse is the best way to recycle. The technical lifecycle in most cases goes way beyond the economic calculation. Extending the functional lifecycle is becoming higher on the agenda as this reduces e-waste and use of resources.

Maintenance

Have access to patches and fixes for acquired equipment for free or reasonable pricing without bundling into contracts. Have access to all code of the acquired software/licenses, plus password protected areas for extra diagnostics and adjustable settings. Availability of parts and availability of diagnostic tools.

Software

The software Secondary Market is emerging, and the potential growth of this market is expected to be worth way above $200bn with an additional 500,000 US jobs.

Green ICT

Sustainability in the ICT sector traditionally focused on energy reduction. The second pillar of sustainability is resources. Our contribution is important to the market as the Secondary Market has attractive solutions for planned obsolescence, helping us to reduce the need for new equipment and its strain on natural resources.

Our
Approach

Extending product life cycle, repair and reuse are all gaining momentum as elements of a circular economy. Where the focus was first on energy reduction, this is now shifting to value retention and resource efficiency or more simply said; reducing the need for the unsustainable level of mining of our planet’s raw materials. This should be arranged in an open system; not a range of walled eco-systems managed by manufacturers. 

Change is on the horizon, and it will require experts in repair/maintenance, upgrading and reuse/resell, i.e. the independent service providers. Policies, laws and practices that would hinder a robust Secondary Market should be addressed to enable users and owners alike the freedom to choose. 

We are the united
voice to:

  • Reach out to members of the United States Legislature
  • We promote and profile the IT aftermarket
  • We participate in legislative projects
  • We work together with other organizations to collaborate on common goals

Our topics are mainly global issues. Therefore, we are open to share, discuss, and collaborate with other organizations across the world.

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