Wire Tapping Rules Slow Down University WiFi
from the gotta-make-sure-you-can-tap dept
There have been plenty of stories about technical problems associated with municipal-level WiFi projects, but this one may be a first. The WiFi network designed to cover Bowdoin College and its neighbors in Brunswick, Maine has been put off indefinitely, due to worries over whether or not the network needs to be wiretap-ready for the FBI. There’s been a long debate going over whether or not CALEA wire-tapping rules should apply to internet access, and an FCC ruling last year on the subject didn’t create any separate rules for colleges and universities. Some believe that if the network is for students and faculty only, it doesn’t need to follow the wiretapping rules — but others aren’t so sure. Either way, this particular network has been put on hold until someone from the FCC explains to the CIO at Bowdoin just what the requirements are when it comes to wiretapping compliance.