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Intercepted Job Search

Net blogs are abuzz about a job posting by Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) for an "intercept engineering" expert in its National Security Operations group.

Were the ad placed by an NFL franchise, there would be no questions. What team doesn't want a stronger defensive backfield? With Comcast still reeling from its peer-to-peer throttling PR debacle, however, Internet freedom fighters remain suspicious of any moves by the MSO that smell like traffic interference. (See Comcast Caves In to P2P Pressure.)

According to details about Comcast's posting for the position on Brassring, the candidate will deploy, install, and remove "strategic and tactical data intercept equipment on a nationwide basis to meet Comcast and Government lawful intercept needs."

In other words, this engineer will help implement the "Comcast Cable Law Enforcement Handbook," a corporate policy document explained in a Cable Digital News column last fall. (See Cable's Secret Revenue Stream.)

A far more interesting job function for this special someone is to interface with "volatile customers and reporting parties to negotiate incidence resolution while maintaining privacy and discretion."

Might this engineer spend some of their time cracking down on bandwidth hogs, in addition to provisioning wire taps? (See The Top 2%.)

— Michael Harris, Chief Analyst, Cable Digital News

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