What exactly does CALEA cover?
there is mixed information about what is coverd and what it not...
The U.S. Congress passed the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) in 1994 to aid law enforcement in its effort to conduct surveillance of digital telephone networks. CALEA forced telephone companies to redesign their network architectures to make such surveillance easier. It expressly excluded the regulation of data traveling over the Internet.
Does the FCC propose to apply CALEA to all types of online communication, including instant messaging and visits to websites?
Not yet. The NPRM proposes CALEA coverage of "only" broadband Internet access services and managed VoIP services, and excludes instant messaging and email. However, the FCC's broad understanding of the substantial replacement clause will create a stifling regulatory environment in which law enforcement will undoubtedly contend that other emerging communications technologies fall under CALEA. And industry could add surveillance-ready equipment, services, and network capability as an attempt to appease law enforcement given the current national focus on homeland security (and indeed some already have — see Cisco's CALEA architecture, which is expected to become a more formal RFC at some point). Given product-development cycles that can take two years or more, industry may hedge its bets by building in surveillance-friendly features now rather than waiting for government mandates. Inevitably, law enforcement will seek over time to bring more and more communications services under the CALEA umbrella.
Then in a FCC document
In the Second Report and Order (Second R&O), we address several issues regarding
CALEA implementation raised in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) in this proceeding. In
particular, the Second R&O addresses the assistance capabilities required, pursuant to section 103 of the
Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA),1 for facilities-based broadband Internet
access providers and providers of interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
In one description CALEA specifically applies only to voice calls, and not to other data traffic, It is also referenced as to only applying to a Facilities-Based digital telephone company.
Facilities-Based – A telecommunications company provides its services over wire and cable that they own (opposite of resale).
so one could argue that as a WISP, we are not required to comply with any CALEA regulations as we do not deliver out services over a wire or cable, even if we provide VoIP Services...
aside from all that, doesn't the packet sniffer streaming option already fufill the requirements?
if you receive a court order, ask them what IP you want the traffic streamed to, set a filter for the IP of the customer in question, and hit start...