FCC Considering Rules That Ban Open Firmware!
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. a chilling effect.) You can read more about this pending regulation at Prpl.works, Ars Technica, Wired, and Libreplanet. The motivation behind the FCC's proposed rules to is better address abuse of the Wifi spectrum, however the proposed rules would effect far more people than those who have been found to be misusing Wifi.
At any rate, we think these proposed rules are a really bad idea! Besides WasabiNet, such regulation would also stifle innovation, tinkering, academic research, other community networking groups like Freifunk, and even grant-funded groups like the New America Foundation's OTI.
Additionally, you can search previously filed comments to the FCC for reference (beware, link seems to go down periodically).