The US has a long way to go before a universal charger is law

USB Type-C, the most exciting boring connector in the industry right now. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

After the European Union (EU) announced that numerous consumer tech devices using wired charging would require USB-C by 2024, three US senators are seeking similar legislation.

In a letter sent Thursday [PDF], Senators Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) asked Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo to look toward legislation that would require universal charging standards in consumer tech.

The senators didn’t mention USB-C but cited the EU’s upcoming policy that will require smartphones, digital cameras, e-readers, headsets, laptops, and some other consumer tech products with wired charging to use USB-C.

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