FCC Record, Volume 27, No. 7, Pages 5674 to 6652, May 23 - June 15, 2012 Page: 5,706
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privacy request.'2 KSC is a spaceport in Florida with approximately 17,000 employees where most
United States space launches occur.'3 According to NASA, KSC provides its own security, fire and
rescue, telecommunications and other utility services.4 KSC reports receiving between 12 and 20
threatening phone calls annually that are considered "serious in nature."'5 NASA states that the
telecommunications carriers that service KSC are bound by the CPN requirements, and parties placing
threatening calls often use CPN privacy restrictions to prevent authorities from identifying their
location.'6 As a result, KSC security personnel must request a trace of threatening calls in order to locate
the perpetrator, a process which NASA indicates can take up to a week.'7
6. NASA argues that its petition shows good cause to warrant a limited waiver of the CPN
rules. First, NASA notes that KSC provides both the security service and end office telecommunications
to all locations within its geographic boundaries.'" As a result, NASA maintains that the waiver would
be applicable only to a narrow and well-defined public institution, making the waiver predictable,
workable, and not subject to discriminatory application.'9 Second, NASA asserts that the KSC security
services are impaired by any delay in obtaining CPN from threatening callers.20 NASA avers that
granting this waiver will serve the public interest by allowing security and law enforcement personnel to
better ensure the safety of its employees by providing a more rapid response to the numerous threatening
calls made each year to the KSC facility.21 In addition, NASA provides specific examples of threatening
calls made to the KSC facility.22
7. NASA proposes to limit the scope of its waiver by allowing the SecureLogix23 system to
record the CPN of incoming restricted calls (thus allowing KSC security personnel to use it under the
circumstances we describe here) but not pass the CPN on to the called party.24 In addition, NASA states
that it will further limit access to restricted CPN information in several respects to ensure the
12 See generally NASA-KSC Petition. On Jan. 4, 2012, NASA filed an ex parte letter confirming its continued
interest in this matter. In addition, NASA provided more recent examples of threatening and harassing phone calls.
See Letter from Geoffrey Swanson, Deputy Chief Counsel, John F. Kennedy Space Center, to FCC, CC Docket
91-281 (filed Jan. 4, 2012).
13 See NASA-KSC Petition at 2.
'5 Id. at3.
17 Id. (providing several examples of delays caused in tracking down the source of such threatening calls due to the
CPN privacy requirements).
'8 Id. at 7-8.
191 d at 9.
20 Id at 7, 9.
' Id at 8.
22 Id. at 3-4.
23 According to NASA, KSC's telecommunications assets include a Central Office Switch facility with a
SecureLogix call information data log capable of recording all originating and terminating numbers. Id. at 8.
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