Preventing any technology from being examined and/or altered by the purchaser creates a sort of technological feudalism where faceless corporate entities decide what’s best for the people and their lives. If I want to alter a radio to make it work better, I should be allowed to do so so long as it does not violate other legitimate spectrum uses. If I want to alter my car to run better or build a better mousetrap, I should be allowed to do so as well. DRM, the DMCA, and the special-interest groups that defend them are destroying freedom at every turn. Have some sense, FCC!
Proposed rules by the FCC have digital watchdogs and open source advocates worried that manufacturers will lock down routers. Here’s why that matters and what you can do about it.