Friday, October 16, 2015

FCC's Proposed Wi-Fi Rules Are Crap

Internet Inventor Vint Cerf Thinks the FCC's Proposed Wi-Fi Rules Are Crap

In order to prevent those kinds of modifications., the FCC’s proposals would limit the extent to which users can mess with the software on their routers, including preventing loading popular third-party firmwares like DD-WRT. Naturally, privacy-minded home tinkerers around the world freaked out.

Yes, that would be crap. This is much better:

In an open letter filed with the FCC today, the group has put forwards an alternative framework for how routers would be regulated, with a focus on security and openness. Their rules would require router manufacturers to post source code online, update it against security flaws frequently, and face tough FCC sanctions if they failed to comply.

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