Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act and Broadband Access and Services

"On September 23, 2005, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released an Order and Further Notice of Public Rule Making (FNPRM) extending the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) to facilities-based broadband Internet access providers, which include educational and research networks. The order requires these entities to standardize their equipment and procedures in order to facilitate lawful surveillance requests (i.e. wiretaps). Specific technical requirements are yet to be released, but working with the information available, it is generally believed that CALEA compliance would be extremely costly for campuses and educational and research networks." Educause