FCC Initiates Proceeding to Address Gaps in STIR/SHAKEN Robocall Defenses

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The STIR/SHAKEN caller ID authentication standards can only technologically work on IP-based phone networks.  To protect consumers, the FCC has initiated a proceeding to evaluate ways to mitigate illegally spoofed robocalls that pass through non-IP networks and how to bring such networks into the caller ID authentication ecosystem. 

The Commission has adopted a Notice of Inquiry that seeks comment on: (1) the prevalence of non-IP technology in phone networks; (2) non-IP technology’s impact on illegal robocalls; (3) potential policy or technological solutions that would enable caller ID authentication over non-IP networks; (4) the connection between non-IP caller ID authentication and the IP transition generally; and (5) specific actions the FCC can take to encourage the industry’s transition to IP. 

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