FBI wants to eavesdrop on fiber links

Wednesday, 4 August 2004, 12:46 PM EST

In a letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission last month, the FBI said that Verizon's 30mbps (megabits per second) Fios service must be required to abide by a 1994 law that levied complex and expensive eavesdropping requirements on traditional phone companies. The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Justice Department joined the request.

The request made to the FCC marks the latest skirmish in the war over what wiretap rules should apply to the Internet and who will pay for the costs of buying equipment to provide police and spy agencies with backdoors for secret surveillance. The FCC is expected to take a step toward laying down some ground rules at its next meeting on Wednesday.

By Declan McCullagh at ZDNet.

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