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  5. <title>FSFE signs association joint letter for terminal device freedom</title>
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  7. <body>
  8. <h1>FSFE signs association joint letter for terminal device freedom</h1>
  9. <p>Together with 9 other civil and economic
  10. organisations the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) sent a letter
  11. to numerous members of the German Bundestag concerning the compulsory
  12. routers issue at the present Wednesday. The letter is supposed to
  13. highlight the importance of passing the bill for freedom of terminal
  14. devices in telecommunication.</p>
  15. <p>On the 4th of November the four parliament committees Economy and
  16. Energy, Law and Consumer Protection, Traffic and Digital
  17. Infrastructure, and Digital Agenda will consult about the bill „for
  18. selection and connection of telecommunication terminal devices“. The
  19. 132 representatives who sit in the committees will bear a special
  20. responsibility since it is in their power to save the rights of
  21. consumers and protect small and medium-sized businesses.</p>
  22. <blockquote>
  23. <p>„We welcome the Federal Government drafting a bill which can
  24. effectively eradicate compulsory routers“, says Matthias Kirschner,
  25. FSFE's President. „The current status of compulsory routers is harmful
  26. for both citizens and economy. This fact has to be known to all
  27. representatives cross-party. Now we need a quick and unmodified
  28. implementation of the drafted law.“</p>
  29. </blockquote>
  30. <p>The bill is the outcome of a long discussion about so-called
  31. compulsory routers. These forbid internet users to use a terminal
  32. device of their choice and force them to always have the provider's
  33. device in the own home network. This widespread practise is a threat to
  34. security, privacy, and independence of all internet users and has
  35. negative effects on free and fair competition of manufacturers.</p>
  36. <p>Despite the unanimous opinion of experts, consumer protectors, and
  37. politicians some members of the Federal Council aligned with the few
  38. current bill's opponents. In doing so they adapted technically
  39. inconsistent and long-disproved arguments of internet providers and
  40. network carriers. Up to now the Federal Government rejected the
  41. Council's criticism as not reasonable.</p>
  42. <blockquote>
  43. <p>„Today's letter shall prevent a repetition of the Council's
  44. disappointing reaction. With a broad alliance of many-faceted
  45. supporters of terminal device freedom we ask the committees' members to
  46. put those basic user rights as soon as possible and without any rotten
  47. compromises into law“, says Max Mehl, FSFE's Germany Coordinator. „As
  48. of today no representative can plead lack of knowledge of the
  49. importance of terminal device freedom for the independent usage and
  50. security of the internet.“</p>
  51. </blockquote>
  52. <p>You can view the depersonalised version of the sent association
  53. joint letter <a
  54. href="/activities/routers/files/20151027_Verbaendeschreiben.pdf">here</a>.
  55. Additionally we listed all important events in the course of the
  56. compulsory routers debate separately <a
  57. href="/activities/routers/timeline.html">on our website</a>.</p>
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  61. <tag key="competition">Competition</tag>
  62. <tag key="de">Germany</tag>
  63. <tag key="policy">Policy</tag>
  64. <tag key="routers">Compulsory Routers</tag>
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