In the latest instance of the FCC attempting to halt technology and freedom, they are attempting to lock down all of the software interactions with hardware concerning network infrastructure. This is a major problem for three reasons:
- There is not, as of yet, a reliable open-source community for hardware engineering and manufacturing, a federal lockdown of commercially available hardware will essentially cripple the infrastructure options available to people.
- There is no manner in which such a law can be justified: it uses the violence of the state to compel behaviors that have been arbitrarily selected out of a select group of individuals' special interests (just like every law and regulation).
- Regulation of the type and scope have been implemented in other industries and have demonstrably hindered or stopped innovation and progress in those industries. This is likely seen as a feature, not a flaw, with such regulations.