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The FCC Announces New Efforts to Crack Down on Robocalls

Today the FCC announced several new efforts to end the growing number of robocalls. The FCC says they expect major phone companies to implement SHAKEN/STIR caller ID authentication standards this year. The FCC will also hold a summit on July 11, 2019, to examine the industry’s progress toward meeting this deadline.

These robocalls have even targeted cord cutters pretending to be everyone from Netflix to Roku.

“Consumers want and need reliable caller ID information.  That’s why we must move aggressively to combat spoofed robocalls,” said Chairman Pai.  “I’ve repeatedly demanded that major voice service providers implement a strong call authentication framework this year.  I want to hear from them on the progress they’ve made toward meeting this goal.  We chose this industry-led path because it is the fastest way to help consumers, but I remain committed to taking regulatory action—action for which we’ve already laid the groundwork—if major carriers do not implement the SHAKEN/STIR framework this year.”

STIR (Secure Telephony Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs) standards to identify authentic calls across both company’s networks. T-Mobile already has this standard live and Comcast has announced plans to roll it out later this year.

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