The FCC is attempting to force new rules on manufacturers that will require everybody to lock down computing devices. Anything with a wireless chip is likely to be affected. This includes routers, cell phones, computers, bluetooth adapters, and similar devices. This means that users won't be able to install free software operating systems such as GNU/Linux or other third party firmwares/operating systems. Users security, privacy, and freedom will be severely compromised.
Here's a question relating to the new rules where they specifically ask manufacturers (who are required by law to certify with the FCC) what they are doing to lock down routers (but also is applicable to other devices):
How will you prevent end users from installing DD-WRT
(DD-WRT is not free software, but a third party router firmware often installed by end-users... it would impact both free and non-free third party software alike)