Cable & Telecom

Larger ISPs may be forced to foot lawful access bill

OTTAWA - It is widely expected that the federal government will introduce comprehensive legislation this month on lawful access (police wire-tapping) to private communications and information under the control of telecommunications service providers, including ISPs, the Canadian Association of Internet Providers said this week. Legislation to be table in November (assuming there’s no snap election call, that is) will generally require ISPs to build into their networks, as they are expanded or upgraded, the capability to intercept communications – including both content and traffic data. The legislation will also require a minimum number of simultaneous interceptions, scaled to population served,...