The private monitoring of public safety frequencies has been around for decades, having sparked a scanner revolution in the 1970s. As technology progressed, trunked radio systems drove the demand for even more sophisticated scanners. Volunteer first repsonders relied on scanning to get a jump on calls, and many folks just “buffed” the channels as their own private version of reality entertainment. Of course, others used it for less honorable purposes, such as tracking the movement of law enforcement officers. Some communities turned to encryption to provide privacy. Like everything else, scanning eventually moved to the Internet. Now Broadcastify, one of the major providers of such live streaming services has received a cease and desist order form Terre Haute, Indiana in an effort to prevent them from rebroadcasting their main police frequency. This is likely to spark a lively community debate about the benefits of openness versus the realities of the war on cops. A good idea or overreaching? What do you think?