With CFR Part-15 rules we did ask for and received relaxing of the
qualifications for certification of systems to allow for lower cost
certification of legal systems using multiple combinations of antennas
with radios. We saved WISPs money and made it easier for WISPs to meet
In CALEA the law enforcement agencies have requested the ability to
monitor a stream of data in and out of a single customer the same way
they monitor a telephone conversation using the wiretapping rules of
this country which have been in place for a very long time. Meeting
CALEA requirements is not really going to be one of those things that
our government is going to ignore.
As a trade organization I believe it is our job, in WISPA, to develop a
standard by which our operators can easily and cost effectively meet the
CALEA legal requirements. Step one of that process is to file the Form
445. We have an attorney doing this for us now. We will be working
toward meeting all legal requirements. If we see government making bad
decisions and creating barriers which we believe will hurt our
operator's then we will speak up. They will listen to us. They will not
have much choice. There will be 6 of us in D.C. over the next 2 weeks
working on CALEA, 04-186 and other issues.
We will find a practical approach which we can all live with. I have no
intention of paying large sums of money to meet these requirements. This
is a bright group. We will build the standard for this industry and it
will be straight forward, cost effective and rational. It will not be an
arcane, expensive, impractical approach as many believe will be the case
with CALEA. If the government impedes the ability for us to meet these
requirements with our standard then we will work until we get it right.
In short, I want to see CALEA compliance being as easy as setting up a
domain in a web and email server. I think these are good goals for us in
regard to CALEA.
So, what do you think CALEA compliance will cost you?
Got a number yet, or have you promised compliance without knowing the price
I said that not resisting regulation would kill us.
The process has begun. We marched in to be fleeced, smiling and bleating
Been nice knowing you folks.
Mark Koskenmaki <> Neofast, Inc
Broadband for the Walla Walla Valley and Blue Mountains
WISPA Wireless List: firstname.lastname@example.org