This means that consumers will not be able to use custom software to their radio devices like WiFi routers, smartphones, GPS etc.

The regulation is not only damaging to consumer rights of choice but also is inhibiting Open Source software. Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) has termed this as “radio lockdown”. They argue that consumers must have the right to run whatever free software they want, and radio manufacturers should not turn into “gatekeepers”. This will probably stifle creativity, competition and free flow of software.