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NACUBO Signs Comment Letter Challenging Scope of CALEA

April 22, 2004

NACUBO and 12 other college and library associations have urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reject giving federal law-enforcement agents electronic surveillance authority to eavesdrop on Internet-based messaging and voice conversations. It is unclear whether CALEA applies to networks that offer e-mail or telephone services online (otherwise known as voice over IP). The coalition's collective comments comprise a 26-page response to a recent petition by three federal agencies. The petition asks the FCC to force Internet service providers, like colleges and universities, to reconfigure broadband networks to enable such monitoring.

The federal agencies' petition and the coalition's response are both online.