FCC Proposes Extending CALEA to Broadband Internet
In a tentative step, the Federal Communications Commission today approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would subject communications over the Internet to the design mandates of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). The notice will be subject to public comment before a final decision is made. CDT believes that CALEA was intended for the circuit switched phone system and is ill-suited to the uniquely decentralized architecture of the Internet. The proposed rule would apparently apply to all "managed" services offered by broadband providers, including not only Voice Over IP but also instant messaging and video services.