Begin forwarded message:
> From: Jeff Pulver
> Date: Sat Mar 15, 2003 6:00:01 AM US/Pacific
> To: FWD [at] LISTSERV.PULVER [dot] COM
> Subject: [FWD] FBI, DoJ OPPOSE COMPANY’s EFFORT TO WIN REGULATORY
> FREEDOM FOR VoIP OFFERING
> Reply-To: Free World Dialup – The Future of Dialing
> Hi All,
> Below is a snip from a news story written by Tom Leithauser at TR.com.
> This wasn’t the kind of news story that I was expecting… 🙁
> Looks like we need to better educate some people in Government as to
> FWD is all about. I will be holding a special meeting/session at Spring
> VON to discuss this. If you will be at Spring VON please let me know
> I will provide you with the meeting details.
> If anyone has any concepts of a strategy for the best way to
> this, please let me know. Now may be the time we need to out to the
> and make sure our story is known.
> You can read each of the referenced filings by visiting:
> ( http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/comsrch_v2.cgi ) and entering:
> 03-45 in the Proceeding Box.
> Best regards,
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> FBI, DoJ OPPOSE COMPANY’s EFFORT TO WIN REGULATORY FREEDOM FOR VoIP
> The FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau should reject an Internet
> telephony provider’s request for a declaratory ruling that its service
> free from telecom regulations, say the Federal Bureau of Investigation
> and Department of Justice.
> The request from Pulver.com should be dismissed without prejudice or
> held in abeyance until the Commission completes work on two related
> proceedings that will determine the regulatory treatment of wireline
> broadband and cable modem services, the FBI and DoJ said today in
> comments filed in Wireline Competition docket 03-45.
> The broadband proceedings are important to the FBI and DoJ because
> their outcome may affect how telecom carriers will meet their
> obligations under the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law
> Enforcement Act (CALEA), which requires carriers to help authorities
> with wiretaps and other law enforcement activities.
> “If certain broadband telecommunications carriers fail to comply with
> CALEA due to a misunderstanding of their regulatory status, criminals
> may exploit the opportunity to evade lawful electronic surveillance,”
> the FBI and DoJ said.
> Other commenters, including Verizon Communications, Inc., and
> BellSouth Corp., agreed with the FBI and DoJ that the larger
> proceedings should be completed before the FCC rules on
> Pulver.com’s petition. But Cisco Systems, Inc., which supplies
> Internet telephony gear, expressed support for Pulver.com’s request.
> “The one course of action the Commission should avoid is to permit
> the regulatory status of computer-to-computer VoIP [voice-over-
> Internet protocol] to become unsettled,” Cisco said. Doing so could
> well slow the growth of IP networks generally.”