Save Wifi Round #2

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Raised by 47 people in 27 months

The Save Wifi coalition got confirmation today from one of the largest router manufacturer that they have begun locking router firmware down due to recent FCC rule changes. This is exactly what us Save Wifi campaign participants had been arguing would happen for the past several months. Despite the FCC unequivocally denying that this was there intention it was irrelevant to the outcome and the response of manufacturers to the new rules. The competitiveness of the market and costs of compliance means the only real solution for manufactures to comply is the lock down of there router's firmware. The TP-Link rep went on to say that all future routers would be locked down as a direct result of the rule changes.

These rules are bad and already hindering user freedom. The FCC has pulled a fast one and we need to fight back. This is a major security and privacy threat which will lead to even buggier and more insecure wireless hardware. A legal campaign to end this nonsense will require significantly more funding and criticism. Unfortunately the major players on fighting this are burning out. Christopher Waid, of ThinkPenguin, Dave Taht, of BufferBloat, Eric Schultz, Josh Gay of the FSF, and others just don't have the time or resources to keep fighting this alone. Don't let this be the end.

The Save Wifi campaign needs major financial help if we're going to put an end to this. Please donate to the effort today and keep an eye on the www.SaveWIfi.org site for updates.

Read more about what TP-Link had to say here:

http://ml.ninux.org/pipermail/battlemesh/2016-February/004379.html
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Raised by 47 people in 27 months
Created February 17, 2016
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Recent trends leave me quite concerned about the future of science and humanity in general - without the ability to experiment, we cannot learn and advance. This isn't just about WiFi or supporting open source software. I've heard many companies complain about lack of skilled workers, restrictions like this will make things worse in the future - especially for those who do not get the opportunity to receive a formal education.

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