dg5mgq writes " In Germany the packet radio network has just about been shutdown in protest to a draft of the new regulation concerning automated amateur radio stations. The following has been taken from 1409.org <pre> GERMAN PACKET NETWORK IN DANGER! Hi, We would like to inform you about the current situation concerning the German paket-radio network. As a sign for protest a lot of German packet radio SysOps will cease operation for a couple of days starting on November 24, 1900Z. Major AX.25 nodes in Germany will shut down their links with the execption of their local user access. All additional supplementary services like BBS, DX-Cluster, convers, TCP/IP etc. will be shut down as well. Therefore participating stations will not be routable by their network interlinks. BBS message and bulletin forwarding will be interrupted in most parts of Germany during the protest. There are even some foreign nodes, close to the German border, participating. The reason for the SysOps' protest is a draft of a decree ("Amtsblattverfügung") by the German Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Mail (RegTP). If this draft will become reality, these rules will dictate explicite procedures for almost any operational aspect of an automated amateur radio station, including their supplementary services. For the SysOps participating in this action, such pedantic ruling is inacceptable. Most will rather shut down their automatic stations, esp. the supplementary services than accept these bureaucratic and completely unrealistic rules. This protest is intended to demonstrate what might happen if the intended decree will become reality. Currently, the AX.25 packet Radio network in Germany is one of the fastest and most efficient worldwide, although (or rather: because) it does not rely on the internet, but on high-speed radio interlinks on 1.2 GHz and above. The users of the nodes are being informed about the reasons for this protest and are kindly asked for their support. The participating SysOps do not want to offend anyone and are apologising for any inconvenience caused by this action to the international packet radio community. However, they want to make it clear that the situation is very serious and that support is needed. If you want to support us, please consider writing a polite e-mail to the RegTP. email@example.com Subject: "Amateur radio service, draft for automated remote-controlled stations". You might ask not to deteriorate the existing liberal amateur rules for automated stations by installing unnecessary bureaucratic regulation. You can reach the English language homepage of the German Regulatory Authority for Telecommunications and Posts (RegTP) at http://www.regtp.de/en/index.html Thank you for your understanding and support. 73 Who we are We are a group of radio amateurs interested in writing software, chatting in the EU-Convers. We are not an official association or a club. Just friends. Our focus is Linux and packet radio. If you like to learn more about us, check our Who is Who Page. </pre>"