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Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act and Broadband Access and Services; Petition for Reconsideration and Clarification Filed

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Federal Communications Commission.




This document seeks comment on a petition for reconsideration and clarification filed by the United States Telecom Association, seeking reconsideration and clarification of the Commission's First Report and Order in ET Docket No. 04-295, which established that providers of facilities-based broadband Internet access services and interconnected voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services must comply with the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA).


Oppositions to these petitions must be filed by January 19, 2006. Replies to an opposition must be filed within 10 days after the time for filing oppositions has expired.


You may submit oppositions or replies, identified by ET Start Printed Page 346Docket No. 04-295, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • Federal Communications Commission's Web site:​cgb/​ecfs/​. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
  • People with Disabilities: Contact the FCC to request reasonable accommodations (accessible format documents, sign language interpreters, CART, etc.) by e-mail: or phone: 202-418-0530 or TTY: 202-418-0432.

For detailed instructions for submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

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Carol Simpson, Attorney Advisor, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, at (202) 418-2391.

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This is a summary of the Commission's Public Notice, DA 05-3153, released December 7, 2005. The full text of the petition and copies of any subsequently filed documents in this matter will be available for public inspection and copying during regular business hours at the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554, (202) 418-0270. This document may be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554. Customers may contact BCPI, Inc. at their Web site: or by calling 1-800-378-3160.


On November 14, 2005, the United States Telecom Association filed a petition for reconsideration and clarification, seeking reconsideration and clarification of aspects of the Commission's First Report and Order in ET Docket No. 04-295. See United States Telecom Association, Petition for Reconsideration and for Clarification of the CALEA Applicability Order, ET Docket No. 04-295, filed November 14, 2005. The petition asks the Commission (1) to reconsider the compliance deadline established in the First Report and Order, and (2) to clarify the specific broadband access services that qualify as “newly covered services” under the First Report and Order.

Electronic Access and Filing

Pursuant to § 1.429 of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 1.429, interested parties may file Oppositions to this petition on or before January 19, 2006. Replies to an opposition must be filed within 10 days after the time for filing oppositions has expired. When filing, please reference ET Docket No. 04-295. Comments may be filed using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) or by filing paper copies. See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 FR 24121, May 1, 1998. Comments filed through the ECFS can be sent as an electronic file via the Internet to​e-file/​ecfs.html. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or rulemaking number. Parties may also submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions for e-mail comments, commenters should send e-mail to, and should include the following words in the body of the message, “get form <your e-mail address>.” A sample form and directions will be sent in reply.

Parties who choose to file by paper must send an original and eleven (11) copies of each filing. All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Marlene H. Dortch, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, SW., Room TW-B204, Washington, DC 20554.

Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by electronic media, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience delays in receiving U.S. Postal Service mail). The Commission's contractor, Natek, Inc., will receive hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings or electronic media for the Commission's Secretary at 236 Massachusetts Avenue, NE., Suite 110, Washington, DC 20002. The filing hours at this location are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building. Commercial and electronic media sent by overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743. U.S. Postal Service first-class mail, Express Mail, and Priority Mail should be addressed to 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554.

This proceeding shall be treated as a “permit but disclose” proceeding in accordance with the Commission's ex parte rules, 47 CFR 1.1200. Persons making oral ex parte presentations are reminded that memoranda summarizing the presentations must contain summaries of the substance of the presentations and not merely a listing of the subjects discussed. More than a one or two sentence description of the views and arguments presented is generally required. See 47 CFR 1.1206(b). Other rules pertaining to oral and written ex parte presentations in permit-but-disclose proceedings are set forth in § 1.1206(b) of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 1.1206(b).

To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format) send an e-mail to or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (TTY).

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Federal Communications Commission.

Thomas J. Navin,

Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau.

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[FR Doc. 06-10 Filed 1-3-06; 8:45 am]