Douglas administration wants PSB to proceed in eavesdropping case

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Two of Vermont’s largest telecommunications companies are asking the Public Service Board not to reactive its investigation into whether they improperly allowed the federal government to monitor telephones in the state.

Both Verizon and AT&T say the issue of whether states can investigate the program must be decided by a federal judge.

But the Public Service Department says a federal court ruling cleared the way for the board to investigate what some consider to be illegal wiretapping.

The state’s investigation began last year after it was revealed that the NSA has been collecting records of domestic since shortly after the 2001 attacks on the United States.

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