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News | 08/24/2004 4:00 am EDT

FCC says PTT is subject to CALEA requirements
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled on August 4 that push-to-talk mobile phone service is subject to the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) requirements. In that light, the FCC initiated a Notice for Proposed Rulemaking to further define the appropriate legal and policy framework for CALEA. Tentatively, however, the FCC has determined that CALEA applies to facilities-based providers of any type of broadband Internet access service, and to managed or mediated Voice over IP services. The U.S. wireless industry lobby, the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association says its members are committed to working with the FCC to meet law enforcement’s needs.

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