FCC okay with “packet” tapping

Federal Communications Commission says it is okay to tap all the packet-voice traffic. “The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking we issue today,” Michael Powell FCC chairman said “demonstrates that the interests of the law enforcement community can be fully addressed for potential information services, and these interests need not be an excuse for imposing onerous common carrier regulations on vibrant new services.” I think it is not such a bad move. If we are going to treat VoIP as the voice replacement, well some of the law enforcement rules will have to be brought into the 21st century. I think the less regulation of VoIP and packet-tapping are two different issues and should be treated separately. I know this is a controversial position, but sometimes one needs to be pragmatic about the law-enforcement and other analog situations.

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