CNET News reports on plans by Nicholas Merrill to launch a telecommunications provider "designed from its inception to shield its customers from surveillance." A veteran of running ISPs, Merrill is raising money to create the Calyx Institute, a national "nonprofit telecommunications provider dedicated to privacy, using ubiquitous encryption" that will not only provide Internet connectivity but mobile phone service as well. The service, the report states, will also challenge the legality and constitutionality of the USA PATRIOT Act. "Calyx will use all legal and technical means available," says Merrill, "to protect the privacy and integrity of user data."
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