FCC Proposes Mandating Caller-ID Authentication
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai today proposed new FCC rules that would require that most US voice service providers implement the STIR/SHAKEN protocol by June 30, 2021. STIR/SHAKEN securely authenticates caller-ID info to combat caller-ID "spoofing" that allows fraudsters and robo-callers to mask their identity, often by pretending to call from a local or well-known phone number. Major wireless carriers have made progress implementing STIR/SHAKEN, but the technology is most effective when all companies in the telecom system have fully implemented it. Relatively new FCC rules already allow wireless carriers to automatically block calls that cannot be authenticated with technology such as STIR/SHAKEN. The new mandate rules will be voted on by the Commission on March 31st.
Mar 10, 2022
Google today started rolling out a major update to its Messages app, the default SMS and RCS messaging app on most new Android phones. It includes several major new features, but the biggest for most people may be automatic conversion and tidier display of emoji reactions from iPhone users .
May 20, 2021
The FCC today formally proposed moving up the deadline for smaller companies to implement STIR/SHAKEN technology by one year. This technology makes number spoofing difficult, allowing law enforcement and voice service providers to identify and block bad actors.
Dec 20, 2019
The Senate this week passed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, a bill aimed at fighting the scourge of unsolicited robocalls. The House of Representatives passed the bill earlier this month, and the President is expected to sign the bill into law within days.
Mar 25, 2021
T-Mobile today announced that it has completed implementing the STIR/SHAKEN phone number verification technology with all major US network providers. This allows T-Mobile to authenticate that an incoming call is coming from the actual phone number displayed in Caller ID.
Oct 1, 2021
The FCC has proposed new rules for wireless telecom carriers to require best practices for authenticating customers who are attempting to move service to a new phone or new carrier. The rules are an attempt to crack down on SIM swap fraud and port-out fraud, where a bad actor impersonates a wireless customer in order to take over their phone number.