reports that the Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted on what amounts to a federal wiretapping tax. Broadband and internet phone companies will have to absorb the cost of incorporating mandatory wiretap access for law enforcement surveillance. The federal regulators' ruling applies to companies, municipalities, colleges, and universities. Universities estimate that the cost of compliance to be in the neighborhood of $7 billion. The FCC believes that the new standard is necessary for conducting the war on terror. FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said: "The first obligation is ... the safety of the people." Federal agencies...

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