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 realization of potential growth of our business is threatened through 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.
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.
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 effects on Warranty when a TPM is the service provider. Have clear contracts & insight in the Total Cost of Ownership for the whole (extended) lifecycle.
Able 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 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.
Have access to patches & fixes for acquired equipment for free or reasonable pricing without bundling into contracts. Have access to all code of the acquired software/licenses; also password protected areas for extra diagnostics and adjustable settings. Availability of parts & Availability of diagnostic tools.
The software Secondary Market is emerging, the potential growth of this market is expected to be worth way above $200bn and an additional 500,000 US jobs.
Sustainability in the ICT sector had a main focus 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 that help us to reduce the need for new equipment and their respective demand of natural resources.
Extending life-cycles, repair and reuse are gaining as topics as elements of a circular economy. Where the focus was first on energy reduction this is now shifting to value retention, resource efficiency or more simply said; reduce the need for taking out too much raw materials from our planet. This should be arranged in an open system; not a range of walled eco-systems managed by manufacturers.
This is a change that will happen, so the experts in repair/maintenance, upgrading and reuse/resell are required: The independent service providers. Policies, laws and practices that would hinder this market to operate should be addressed to create freedom to choose by users/owners
We are the united
- Reach out to Members of the United States Legislative
- 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 in majority global issues. Therefore, we are open to share, discuss and collaborate with other organizations across the world.