BEDMINSTER, NJ — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today ruled that CALEA, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, covers all voice telecommunications services, regardless of technology used to transmit voice. Steven Zipperstein, vice president and general counsel at Verizon Wireless, commended the FCC, making the following statement:
"The Federal Communications Commission struck directly at criminals and terrorists today in deciding that all voice communications - irrespective of technology - are covered under the nation's wiretap laws. Verizon Wireless advocated this result and strongly agrees that law enforcement, when armed with court-sanctioned authority, needs the ability to listen into suspected criminals and terrorists whether they are communicating through traditional voice technologies or using newer VoIP or push-to-talk services."
About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless is the nation's leading provider of wireless communications. The company has the largest nationwide wireless voice and data network and 40.4 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To receive broadcast-quality video footage of Verizon Wireless operations, log onto www.thenewsmarket.com/verizonwireless.####