Federal court upheld Internet wiretap law

On June 9, 2006, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia upheld a ruling [PDF] that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) could require broadband Internet companies and Internet phone service providers to comply with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act [PDF] (CALEA). The CALEA required that telecommunication companies allow law enforcement agencies to have access to their networks. Broadband Internet services have historically been classified as an information service, but for the purposes of the act, the federal appeals court allowed the FCC to classify broadband providers differently.

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