About cable modem firmware updates

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Just learned today that I am not allowed to update my cable modem's  
firmware. Also, I have no say in whether or not my ISP updates that  
firmware!

"It's the standard."
"It's common industry practice."
etc.

Does this business model bother anybody else? Doesn't anybody else see  
where this can lead?

What's to stop, say, Arris, from deciding that it's time for SB6141  
owners to buy a new modem and in order to force them to do that, release  
a firmware update which slowly decreases the modem's functionality until  
it quits working?

And if this precedent is established, what about things like "smart tvs"  
and other objects connected to the vaunted "internet of things"?

Yep, Joe Blow has owned his refrigerator for two years now. Time for him  
to get a new one. ***ZAP*** Refrigerator start cooling less and less  
efficiently each day until it doesn't work at all.

First, there was planned obsolescence with cars wherein the  
manufacturers deliberately engineered components to wear out much sooner  
than they should. Now, if this crap is allowed to continue without being  
challenged, the consumer will be allowing manufacturers to remotely  
disable equipment and force buying of newer models.

If ISPs want to treat cable modems like they own them, then they SHOULD  
own them and the end user shouldn't have to purchase or rent them.

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John Corliss

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dude, that's the cell phone industry model for many years now.

Ever notice your battery life seriously declining right around two years?

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Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:
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I don't have a cell phone. Never have. Batteries have a life span  
though. I know the rechargeable ones I use with my camera are retaining  
their charge less than when I first got them.

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John Corliss

Re: About cable modem firmware updates
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1. in the old days users would load illegal modifications and steal bandwid
th, while this does not stop it, it makes it harder.
2. Certain firmwares are required for CERTAIN cmts's which are the cable co
mpanies property and not yours, so it is best to let them update the firmwa
re for you so they use the CORRECT one.
3. The modem manufacturer actually works with the cable mso to develop the  
firmware updates, and last I knew they do not release them to retail purcha
ses anyway.
4. Whats to stop arris fromn killing your purchased modem? The Federal Trad
e Commission, https://www.ftc.gov /, unless they'd like to stop being allowe
d to sell their product on US soil. Not to mention how would they prevent k
illing the MSO's modems they bought from them too, in which case they'd be  
shooting themselves in the foot becasue I guarantee you its a bigger market
 than selling them in Best Buy.

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