LibreMesh:limedocs-01-a20d84-12b)=0AFor a long time, libe com/en
12b) For a long time, libe community networks were built by the collaborative work of people who prgammed and hacked. Together they developed libre software and modified the available hardware, responding to the specific needs of the networks. One of the achievements was to change the proprietary software that some commercial household routers came with from the factory. This allowed the use of the routers to their full potential, enabling functions that the manufacturers limited according to their market logic. The contribution lowered costs notably for deployment of open, libre, neutral and decentralized networks. In August 2016, a regulation emitted by the US state agency FCC (Federal Communitcations Commission) led to the manufacturers blocking the substitution of the software that comes installed and configured from the factory. This action made clear that community networks were hostage to arbitrary decisions in which they had little or no capacity to decide or act.