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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday September 03 2015, @03:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the from-my-cold-dead-hands dept.

Hackaday sounds the alarm and along with ThinkPenguin, the EFF, FSF, Software Freedom Law Center, Software Freedom Conservancy, OpenWRT, LibreCMC, Qualcomm, and others have created the SaveWiFi campaign (archive.is capture, real link is at this overloaded server) , providing instructions on how to submit a formal complaint to the FCC regarding this proposed rule. The comment period is closing on September 8, 2015.

From Hackaday:

Under the rule proposed by the FCC, devices with radios may be required to prevent modifications to firmware. All devices operating in the 5GHz WiFi spectrum will be forced to implement security features to ensure the radios cannot be modified. While prohibiting the modification of transmitters has been a mainstay of FCC regulation for 80 years, the law of unintended consequences will inevitably show up in full force: because of the incredible integration of electronic devices, this proposed regulation may apply to everything from WiFi routers to cell phones. The proposed regulation would specifically ban router firmwares such as DD-WRT, and may go so far as to include custom firmware on your Android smartphone.

A lot is on the line. The freedom to modify devices you own is a concern, but the proposed rules prohibiting new device firmware would do much more damage. The economic impact would be dire, the security implications would be extreme, and emergency preparedness would be greatly hindered by the proposed restrictions on router firmware. The FCC is taking complaints and suggestions until September 8th.

Leave a comment for the FCC via this link to the Federal Register


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  • (Score: 2) by Yog-Yogguth on Monday September 28 2015, @12:58AM

    by Yog-Yogguth (1862) Subscriber Badge on Monday September 28 2015, @12:58AM (#242423) Journal

    That is an interesting idea, you might know this already but just in case you don't it's often called panarchism [wikipedia.org] (the p is not a typo).

    I don't know a lot about it/haven't delved into it (and I'm not too keen on pigeonholing ideas or following ideologies so there's that too). Only found out about it after thinking/speculating about having a (real) democracy where (within a nation in my thought experiment) the votes cast fund multiple overlapping governments partly doing their own thing and partly cooperating and where anything “universal” would have to be 100% consensual. Probably a nightmare to figure out how to actually implement and might not work at all, plenty of things that could go (horribly) wrong.

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  • (Score: 2) by jdavidb on Monday September 28 2015, @01:19AM

    by jdavidb (5690) on Monday September 28 2015, @01:19AM (#242430) Homepage Journal
    Yep, I'm basically a panarchist, or could be described as such. One writer who I think uses that term in a way I agree with is Michael Rozeff.
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