#RouterFreedom Activity Package: The #FSFE has launched an activity package for organisations and individuals to raise awareness and empower them to advocate for users' device sovereignty in their countries.

Because it is the time to establish this right in all 27 EU member states, we need the help of organisations and individuals!


@fsfe especially since for the cable network in Germany it's a pain to get a compatible modem. Waiting now for 4 months since we have only one shop for those and they have long waiting times. Nobody wants a crippled provider router!

@grimneko Oh, that's bad. Which router are you looking for? These are really long delivery times.

Please also share your experience in our survey. This is useful data for us to argue with: survey.fsfe.org/index.php/6284

@fsfe Router freedom essentially killed the cable modem market in Germany, forcing users to use either the provider router (which might not have bridge mode) or buy a Fritz!Box.

Before router freedom, you got a modem, and put your own router behind it.

There are one or two modems that are compatible with EuroDOCSIS 3.1 that one shop imports, but they're not officially marketed for Germany.

In summary, router freedom brought the opposite.



@juliank @fsfe My perception is rather that there was never a free market in the cable area. Even before Vodafone I was forced to use UnityMedia's Cisco Modem (ok, was acceptable), but Vodafone practically killed the choice (beeing a ISP enforced router box advacate to begin with, even before entering the cable market).

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@grimneko the difference is providers had modems before and you used your own router behind that.

As it is in FTTH atm. But now people forced the passive FTTH end point, so we'll likely see network termination devices disappear and you'll only be able to order integrated devices for that too. @fsfe

@juliank @fsfe With FTTH in the best case you just need to buy a SPF/SPF+ module if you have a higher-end routing device to be able to directly work with the fiber coming out of the wall. Not for everyone but still no argument for ISP provided all-in-one devices.

@grimneko @juliank @fsfe FTTH is a strange case. Actually, there is no "objective technological necessity" for ignoring Router Freedom, but especially German ISPs do so. We argue strongly against that, and are curious how BNetzA will decide on this.

@grimneko Providers will absolutely define the interface requirements rigidly enough that only a Fritz!Box will satisfy it.

I don't know what their network termination devices does, certainly some decryption is necessary with GPON, but what layer I have no idea.


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