Critical of a new federal order that could cost colleges and universities an estimated $7 billion to renovate their existing computer networks so law enforcement officials could conduct remote wiretaps, a coalition of university presidents, lobbyists, and other education stakeholders on Nov. 15 filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requesting an exemption.

The filing represents the latest salvo in an ongoing dispute between the federal government and academic institutions over the reach of an 11-year-old law known as the Communication Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA.

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