According to Charlie Savage in The New York Times today, a taskforce organized by the Obama Administration, including officials in law enforcement and counterterrorism, is pushing for new legislation increasing penalties and other incentives aimed at phone and broadband carriers to ensure their compliance with the federal government's ability to wiretap new technology. While current federal law requires carriers to maintain networks that can be wiretapped, the officials say that recent upgrades in technology have caused problems for the companies in complying with surveillance orders.
Telecommunications firms appear likely to object to the changes, as some say more far-reaching legislation will slow down innovation within the industry. Possible proposals to provide incentives for these firms to cooperate include financial penalties for technical problems with surveillance and rewarding firms with safe harbor from any penalties if they reveal systems to the F.B.I. before they are deployed.