FILE - In this June 18, 2012 file photo, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., now-Senator-elect, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court

 

              FILE - In this June 18, 2012 file photo, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., now-Senator-elect, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court
FILE - In this June 18, 2012 file photo, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., now-Senator-elect, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly. In its letter to Markey, AT&T estimated that it collected $24 million in government reimbursements between 2007 and 2011. Verizon, which had the highest fees but says it doesn’t charge in every case, reported a similar amount, collecting between $3 million and $5 million a year during the same period. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)