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Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act and Broadband Access and Services

Federal Register, October 21, 2005, Page 59664-59675

Agency

Federal Communications Commission

Action

Final rule

Summary

In this document, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) adopts a rule establishing that providers of facilities-based broadband Internet access services and providers of interconnected voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services--meaning VoIP service that allows a user generally to receive calls originating from and to terminate calls to the public switched telephone network (PSTN)--must comply with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA). This new rule will enhance public safety and ensure that the surveillance needs of law enforcement agencies continue to be met as Internet-based communications technologies proliferate.

Dates

Effective Date: This rule is effective November 14, 2005. Compliance Date: Newly covered entities and providers of newly covered services must comply with CALEA within 18 months of November 14, 2005.

Addresses

Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554.

Further Information

Carol Simpson, Attorney-Advisor, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-2391.

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