According to Preston Galla at Networking Pipeline, the FCC is currently pressuring colleges and universities to create "backdoors" in their systems to enable the FCC to spy on students, professors, and staff.
This is based on a 1994 law known as CALEA, which allows government surveillance of individuals on digital networks.
The American Council on Education has petitioned the FCC to exempt universities based on the projected costs of making their networks compatible - around $7 billion overall.
Surely, a political scientist somewhere must be researching this topic, no? Canada?