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