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  5. <title>Compulsory Routers: what customers have to take care of now</title>
  6. </head>
  7. <body>
  8. <h1>Compulsory Routers: what customers have to take care of now</h1>
  9. <p>Up until now, Internet service providers (ISPs) in
  10. Germany determined the router users had to use to connect to the
  11. Internet. The user had no say in this decision. This changes on August
  12. 1. A new law will allow users choose the device that gets installed in
  13. their homes. The FSFE wants to ensure everybody knows about their new
  14. rights and is asking users to report cases in which ISPs try to avoid
  15. the new regulation.</p>
  16. <p>"Compulsory Routers" are what we call the devices imposed on users,
  17. forbidding them from using any other appliance to access the Internet.
  18. Compulsory routers are often the subject of critical security flaws
  19. which users can't legally or technically fix themselves. They are also
  20. known to be incompatible with certain network devices and standards,
  21. like IPv6, or to support only a small number of important features.</p>
  22. <p>However, the legal situation was ambiguous and ISPs defined the
  23. first router or modem after the wall socket as part of their network.
  24. They could thus bar users from controlling the technology installed
  25. within their own homes, despite the fact that the users were even
  26. paying for the electricity that run the devices.</p>
  27. <p>The Free Software Foundation Europe took up the fight to outlaw
  28. Compulsory Routers in 2013, and we have finally <a
  29. href="/news/2015/news-20151105-01.html">won a major landmark
  30. victory</a>: from August 1 onwards, clients of German internet
  31. providers are allowed by law to use any terminal device they choose.
  32. Regardless of whether it is a DSL or cable connection, the ISP will
  33. have to supply the information you need to connect an alternative
  34. router to use the Internet and telephone network.</p>
  35. <h2>Help us track the implementation</h2>
  36. <p>The law is very clear with regard to your new rights, but, based on
  37. past behaviours of ISPs, the FSFE must assume many providers will
  38. ignore the regulation and will continue to try and force their clients
  39. to use their default router.</p>
  40. <p>ISPs will probably make the argument that the law only applies to
  41. new customers, or that a connection to the Internet with alternative
  42. devices will be unstable, or denying support to clients with devices
  43. other than the ones they provide.</p>
  44. <p>We want to make sure that these misbehaviours are made public and we
  45. need your help for that. If you are a client of a German internet
  46. provider, we ask you exercise your new right and start using an
  47. alternative device, ideally one that runs Free Software.</p>
  48. <p>Once your new device is up and running, we need you to provide us
  49. with feedback on whether you had any issues while running your new
  50. router. We will collect this data and confront providers that are not
  51. in compliance with the new law. We have also created a <a
  52. href="">wiki
  53. page</a> where we report information, testing procedures, results, and
  54. user experiences.</p>
  55. <h2>Further information</h2>
  56. <p>For more information on Compulsory Routers and why they are bad,
  57. please visit our <a href="/activities/routers/">campaign page</a>. Also
  58. see the <a href="/activities/routers/timeline.html">timeline of the
  59. most important events</a> related to this campaign. To contribute to
  60. this and other FSFE campaigns that defend your freedom, you can support
  61. us with a <a href="">donation</a> or by becoming a <a
  62. href="">sustaining member</a>.</p>
  63. <h2>FSFE Summit 2016</h2>
  64. <p>If you're interested in knowing more about how Free Software helps
  65. defend other important rights, we will be holding <a
  66. href="/summit16">the FSFE yearly summit at the beginning of September
  67. in Berlin</a>. Come along and discover how you can also help return the
  68. control over technology to people.</p>
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  76. <tag key="de">Germany</tag>
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