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FCC Considering Rules That Ban Open Firmware!

on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 5:46pm

The FCC is considering rules that would require manufacturers of Wifi-enabled equipment like routers, tablets, and even computers to lock them against installing alternative firmware and software.  Such locks would prevent the use of Open Source software like OpenWRT (which WasabiNet uses!), DD-WRT, and really anything other than what the equipment manufacters themselves choose to release.

Indeed, some wifi routers are already appearing on the market with locked firmware, since that is simply much cheaper for manufacturers to do, than attempt to follow the FCC's proposed regulation. (I.e.

FCC's Net Neutrality Announcement & Freifunk at GSOC 2015

on Wed, 02/04/2015 - 7:59pm

A couple exicitng things happened over the past few days!

First, FCC Chairman Wheeler confirmed that the agency plans to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act and implement bright line rules that apply to both wired and wireless networks.  (We're fans of this happening.)  You can also read the statement from the New America Foundation here.  Interesting comment from Russell Senior of Personal Telco, however, about how this doesn't quite go far enough for the last mile.

Second, the happy Leute over at Freifunk are getting ready for the

What Can You Do About Net Neutrality?

on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:04pm

As you have likely already read, recently the FCC's "net neutrality rules were partially struck down today by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which said the Commission did not properly justify its anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules."  Read more on the Ars Technica story.  Likewise this longer, more critical story from the Verge goes into more detail about the background of this issue.