From: "the terminal of Geoff Goodfellow" <geoff () iconia com>
To: "Dave e-mail pamphleteer Farber" <farber () cis upenn edu>
TMI sets precedent with U.S. deal
Wins security clearance: Telecom firm agrees to wiretaps -- but not on
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By PETER MORTON
The Financial Post
WASHINGTON - A tiny Canadian satellite communications company will be the
first foreign firm to receive top security approval from the FBI to operate a
telecommunications business in the United States after agreeing to allow U.S.
security agencies to wiretap its service.
The precedent-setting deal, to be signed today, will soon allow TMI
Communications Inc. to offer satellite telecommunications services in the U.S.
market, Larry Boisvert, TMI's chief executive, confirmed in an interview.
"If you want to provide telecommunications in the U.S. you have to be
prepared to meet the security required as determined by the FBI and the
Department of Justice," Mr. Boisvert said.
Even though it will operate the service from Canada, TMI agreed to put a
digital switch in the United States that would give FBI and other U.S.
agencies the ability to listen in on satellite calls or copy data, such as
financial records, as required by new federal laws that will force all U.S.
mobile communications companies to do the same by next June.
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