Save Wifi :the FCC is attempting to criminalize freedom via new regulations

Will you help us save wifi? The FCC is attempting to force new rules on manufacturers that will require everybody to lock down computing devices. Anything with a modern wireless chip is likely to be affected (software defined radio). This includes routers, cell phones, computers, bluetooth adapters, and similar devices. This means that users won't be able to install free software operating systems such as GNU/Linux or other third party firmwares/operating systems without the cooperation of the manufacturer. An unlikely event in most scenarios as manufacturers tend not to want to support devices longer than the period in which they're marketing / selling them. Users security, privacy, and freedom will be severely compromised.

Here's a question relating to the new rules where they specifically ask manufacturers (who are required by law to certify with the FCC) what they are doing to lock down routers (but also is applicable to other devices):

How will you prevent end users from installing DD-WRT
(DD-WRT is not free software, but a third party router firmware often installed by end-users... it would impact both free and non-free third party software alike)


Third-Party Access Control: What prevents third parties from loading non-US versions of the software/firmware on the device? Describe in detail how the device is protected from “flashing” and the installation of third-party firmware such as DD-WRT.

If you want to purchase a libreCMC router go here. Your time may be running out...

If you want to help save wifi by sending a comment to the FCC please visit the campaign site at for instructions on how to proceed.

For more information about all the technical details (in a less technical format) check out the blog post (a great detailed, accurate, and lengthy write up on the situation).