According to recent news the US FCC has targeted the network devices enforcing manufacturers to lock down firmwares to prevent installation custom firmwares like OpenWRT.
You can read the whole article here: New FCC Rules May Prevent Installing OpenWRT on WiFi Routers
Below is an important part of the article.
The new FCC rules are in effect in the United States from June 2nd 2015 for WiFi devices such as Access Points. They require to have the firmware locked down so End-Users can’t operate with non-compliant parameters (channels/frequencies, transmit power, DFS, …). In response, WiFi access point vendors start to lock down firmwares to prevent custom firmwares (such as OpenWRT) to be installed, using code signing, etc.
And my question is:
Are there any manufacturers which declared they will not follow the new rules and they will be manufacturing devices with unlocked firmwares so users can install open source firmwares like OpenWRT?
I never cared about my router till I read that new regulation. Now I want to choose the company which respects the "open" standard and declares that. I want to buy their devices, so they can earn and stay on the market.