[Battlemesh] TP-Link FCC deal

David Lang david at lang.hm
Tue Aug 2 00:05:12 CEST 2016

They are talking about requireing the same sort of openness for set-top boxes.

Once you get in trouble and are negotiating a settlement, they can require a lot 
more than they could put in a general policy. I don't think they could easily 
require that all wifi vendors accomodate opensource software, but since tp-link 
used to allow it, but stopped (clamining that the FCC was requiring them to 
block it), it seems quite reasonable that now that they got caught breaking the 
rules, the FCC would require them to allow it again.

If the post later in the thread is correct, the fact that they got in trouble 
for their stock firmware allowing too much power when they were trying the claim 
that they were preventing that by blocking open firmware is very interesting to 

David Lang

On Mon, 1 Aug 2016, Ben West wrote:

> While certainly good news, I don't see how the FCC has authority to
> stipulate such requirements.
> On Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 2:43 PM, Benjamin Henrion <zoobab at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> How do you interpret this news?:
>> https://build.slashdot.org/story/16/08/01/1855206/fcc-requires-tp-link-to-support-open-source-router-firmware
>> Is it just PR from the FCC side?
>> Best,
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