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 29, 2019
Verizon now offers a free version of its Call Filter service, which lets customers get alerts when a call is likely spam, report unsolicited numbers, and automatically block robocalls based on their preferred level of risk. The service was previously $3/month/line, although a premium version with additional features (such as advanced caller-ID and personal block list) is still available for the same price.
Aug 14, 2019
T-Mobile and AT&T can now securely confirm caller-ID info between the two networks, an important step in fighting number spoofing widely used by robocallers. Both companies have now implemented the STIR/SHAKEN protocol between their networks, allowing caller-ID info to be authenticated, resulting in a "Caller Verified" banner on the phone screen when a call is incoming.
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.
May 15, 2019
At its June 6th meeting, the FCC will consider new rules giving phone companies greater power to block robocalls. Companies would be allowed to completely block calls before they reach a consumer's phone "based on any reasonable analytics designed to identify unwanted calls", and make this the default behavior for all customers.