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FCC Upholds Deadline for Wiretapping Law

IN BRIEF / TECHNOLOGY

May 04, 2006|From Bloomberg News

Companies that sell high-speed Internet access and Web-based phone service have a year to upgrade systems to allow wiretapping by law enforcement agencies, the Federal Communications Commission said.

The FCC upheld a May 14, 2007, deadline set last year for companies such as Comcast Corp. and EarthLink Inc. to comply with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act.

The wiretap law has covered traditional phone service since its enactment in 1994. Trade groups sought an extension of the deadline for broadband and Internet-phone compliance.

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