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|March 27, 1998|
STATEMENT OF CHAIRMAN WILLIAM E. KENNARD
We must ensure that law enforcement has the tools to fight crime and protect our citizens
in the digital era, while at the same time safeguarding the public's legitimate concern for privacy.|
The issues raised in these petitions are extremely complex and important. They reflect some of the most difficult public policy concerns the FCC must deal with, including public safety, personal privacy, and technological innovation. The Commission will work diligently to ensure that all issues and concerns are addressed in a balanced and responsible manner. We must also balance concerns about the cost of implementing new requirements with our desire to encourage telecommunications carriers to bring new technologies and advanced services to the public at fair prices.
The Commission will keep these principles firmly in mind as we evaluate the comments that will be received in response to the petitions we have received. We are also keenly aware of the difficult nature of these issues and the significant amount of time and resources that have been spent trying to resolve them. We are committed to working with all interested parties to find effective, efficient, and equitable solutions to these issues as quickly as possible.